September 12, 2017 / Modified sep 14, 2017 9:31 a.m.

The Vietnam War: Déjà Vu (1858-1961)

Part 1. Ten years in the making, Ken Burns' new landmark documentary brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life.

Ken Burns The Vietnam War May Offensive 12-year girl killed in the May Offensive (Mini-Tet). Saigon, 19 (PHOTO: Courtesy of Philip Jones Griffith/Magnum Photos)

Part 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. Communists in the north aim to reunify the country, while America supports Ngo Dinh Diem’s untested regime in the south.

Ken Burns' The Vietnam War: Déjà Vu (1858-1961) premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. on PBS 6.

About The Vietnam War

THE VIETNAM WAR is a 10 part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. An immersive 360-degree narrative, the series tells the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. THE VIETNAM WAR features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

Ten years in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life. Written by Geoffrey C. Ward, produced by Sarah Botstein, Novick and Burns, it includes rarely seen, 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 revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations. The series features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from many of the greatest artists of the era, and original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.

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