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American Experience; My Lai

03/26/2010

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Series
American Experience
Program
My Lai
Program Number

2206

Series Description

Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

Program Description

What drove a company of American soldiers - ordinary young men deployed to liberate a small foreign nation from an oppressive neighbor - to murder more than 300 unarmed Vietnamese civilians? Were they "just following orders," as some later declared? Or, as others argued, did they break under the pressure of a misguided military strategy that measured victory by body count? Today, as the United States once again finds itself questioning the morality of actions taken in the name of war, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Barak Goodman ("The Lobotomist," "Scottsboro: An American Tragedy") focuses his lens on the 1968 My Lai massacre, its subsequent cover-up and the heroic efforts of the soldiers who broke rank to halt the atrocities. "My Lai" draws upon eyewitness accounts of Vietnamese survivors and men of the Charlie Company 11th Infantry Brigade and recently discovered audio recordings from the Peers Inquiry to recount one of the darkest chapters of the Vietnam War.

Written, Produced & Directed by Barak Goodman An Ark Media production for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Duration

01:26:46

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
History
Citation
Chicago: “American Experience; My Lai,” 03/26/2010, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 11, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6413E7284E6B4B37BA445544F1D804DE.
MLA: “American Experience; My Lai.” 03/26/2010. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 11, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6413E7284E6B4B37BA445544F1D804DE>.
APA: American Experience; My Lai. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6413E7284E6B4B37BA445544F1D804DE
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