The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn NovickThe Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick

1: “Déjà Vu” (1858-1961)1: “Déjà Vu” (1858-1961)1: “Déjà Vu” (1858-1961)

After a long and brutal war, Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. With the Cold War intensifying, Vietnam is divided in two at Geneva.

2: “Riding the Tiger” (1961-1963)2: “Riding the Tiger” (1961-1963)2: “Riding the Tiger” (1961-1963)

President Kennedy inspires idealistic young Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam.

3: “The River Styx” (January 1964-December 1965)3: “The River Styx” (January 1964-December 1965)3: “The River Styx” (January 1964-December 1965)

With South Vietnam in chaos, hardliners in Hanoi seize the initiative and send combat troops to the south, accelerating the insurgency.

4: “Resolve” (January 1966-June 1967)4: “Resolve” (January 1966-June 1967)4: “Resolve” (January 1966-June 1967)

North Vietnamese troops stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail and an antiwar movement builds at home.


5: “This Is What We Do” (July 1967-December 1967)5: “This Is What We Do” (July 1967-December 1967)5: “This Is What We Do” (July 1967-December 1967)

Enemy body counts and American casualties mount as GIs chase an elusive foe and face deadly ambushes.


6: “Things Fall Apart” (January 1968-July 1968)6: “Things Fall Apart” (January 1968-July 1968)6: “Things Fall Apart” (January 1968-July 1968)

The brutality of the Tet Offensive unfolds on television. President Johnson decides not to run again.


7: “The Veneer of Civilization” (June 1968-May 1969)7: “The Veneer of Civilization” (June 1968-May 1969)7: “The Veneer of Civilization” (June 1968-May 1969)

America is at odds over the war. Soldiers on all sides witness savagery and unflinching courage.

8: “The History of the World” (April 1969-May 1970)8: “The History of the World” (April 1969-May 1970)8: “The History of the World” (April 1969-May 1970)

When American troop withdrawals begin, soldiers left in Vietnam ask what they are fighting for.

9: “A Disrespectful Loyalty” (May 1970-March 1973)9: “A Disrespectful Loyalty” (May 1970-March 1973)9: “A Disrespectful Loyalty” (May 1970-March 1973)

President Nixon strikes a peace deal with Hanoi that allows American prisoners of war to come home.


10: “The Weight of Memory” (March 1973-Onward)10: “The Weight of Memory” (March 1973-Onward)10: “The Weight of Memory” (March 1973-Onward)

For the next 40 years, Americans and Vietnamese from all sides search for healing and reconciliation.


Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. THE VIETNAM WAR features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.