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  • The final heroes of Vietnam: The Americans who fought to save our allies as Saigon fell

    Jonathan Karl, Richard Coolidge and Jordyn Phelps at Power Players8 days ago

    Politics Confidential

    Documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy has pulled off a minor miracle: She has found something new and compelling to say about the Vietnam War, a spellbinding story of heroism and heartbreak during one of America’s darkest hours.

    Using a trove of never-before-seen footage of the United States’ 1975 military withdrawal, Kennedy’s “Last Days in Vietnam” tells the story of the U.S. soldiers and diplomats who defied orders from Washington to orchestrate an ad hoc evacuation of our allies in the final moments before Saigon fell.

    “How we got to that point where people the Vietnamese were so desperately trying to get out of the country … we think then very few people knew that story and it's an extraordinary story,” Kennedy told “Politics Confidential” in an interview at Edgar Bar and Kitchen in Washington, D.C.

    “The [U.S.] government said we just got to get the Americans out, it's falling too fast,” Kennedy said. “And a handful of Americans on the ground said not so fast. If we leave our Vietnamese friends and allies, our comrades, behind, they're going to be killed. They're going to be tortured.”

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