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New Mexico PBS is honoring our vets with a full slate of related programming throughout the month of November, as well as free screenings and follow-up conversations at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC).

See our New Mexico Veterans: Stories of Service page for additional veterans content and resources.

FREE SCREENINGS


There will be two veteran-related screenings this month at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC), located at 1701 4th Street, SW, in Albuquerque. The first, a special excerpt from THE VIETNAM WAR By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will be on Thursday November 9 at 7pm, and the second, selections from NEW MEXICO & THE VIETNAM WAR: PORTRAIT OF A GENERATION, will be on Thursday November 16 at 7pm. Both will in the Bank of America Theater.

Excerpt from THE VIETNAM WAR By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Thursday November 9 at 7pm

Watch a newly-edited 30-minute clip from THE VIETNAM WAR designed to open up conversations and allow deeper, more personal dialogue. The film will emphasize the struggles of the veteran community from different generations as they come together to process their experiences of war and return. The screener will include a clip from the VIETNAM WAR “Fellow Warriors: Iraq, Afghanistan, And Vietnam With John Musgraves.” After the screening audience members will move into a comfortable space to share stories, talk about personal experiences and gather information from local veterans’ service providers. Staff from the Albuquerque Veteran Center will help facilitate conversation and will provide materials for Santa Fe as well. Learn more about THE VIETNAM WAR by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick here

Selections from NEW MEXICO & THE VIETNAM WAR: PORTRAIT OF A GENERATION

Thursday November 16 at 7pm

Produced by New Mexico PBS, NEW MEXICO AND THE VIETNAM WAR: PORTRAIT OF A GENERATION is a series of short documentaries that focus on New Mexico’s diverse Vietnam War veterans, families, and refugees whose lives were changed by Vietnam War. These first person accounts range from duty, honor, courage, sacrifice, loss and understanding. These are dramatic stories of honor, loss, and renewal. Please stay after the screening for a discussion with executive producer Michael Kamins, and Tom Baca, a veteran whose story is captured on film. Learn more about NEW MEXICO & THE VIETNAM WAR: PORTRAIT OF A GENERATION here

PROGRAMS


New Mexico PBS has a dynamic line-up of encore Programs, including INDEPENDENT LENS “WHAT WAS OURS” about a tribal elder and Vietnam vet visiting the underground archives of Chicago's Field Museum with two young Arapaho to explore ancestral objects kept in boxes for many years. We will also bring your compelling new programs like VA: THE HUMAN COST OF WAR, which explores the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and POV “ALMOST SUNRISE” about two friends embarking on a 2,700-mile trek on foot across America In an attempt to put haunting combat experiences behind them.

INDEPENDENT LENS: What Was Ours
INDEPENDENT LENS “What Was Ours”

Saturday Nov 4 at 10pm on 5.1
Thursday Nov 30 at 7am and 1pm on 5.1

A tribal elder and Vietnam vet, who hasn't left the Wind River Indian Reservation in over 40 years, visits the underground archives of Chicago's Field Museum with two young Arapaho to explore ancestral objects kept in boxes for many years. Together they try to learn how these artifacts vanished from their tribe in the first place. Watch the preview here

VA: THE HUMAN COST OF WAR – New!

Monday Nov 6 at 8pm on 5.1
Saturday Nov 11 at 6am on 9.1

Explore the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs, from the troubled beginnings of the Veterans Bureau of 1920s to the modern VA system. Learn details of this vast, crucial American institution: its successes, failures and need for reforms.
Learn more about the film here

JOURNEY HOME TO THE USS ARIZONA – New!

Monday Nov 6 at 9pm on 5.1
Wednesday Nov 15 at 9am on 9.1

Narrated by Matthew Broderick, this program follows the family of Raymond Haerry Sr. as they travel 5,000 miles from New Jersey to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, to place his ashes aboard the sunken battleship. Following the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941, 19-year-old Ray was blown into the water and swam through oil and fire to Ford Island, an islet in the center of Pearl Harbor, Oahu. There he found a rifle and opened fire on Japanese planes. Later, Ray helped to recover the bodies of his fallen shipmates. Haerry Sr. passed away at the age of 94 on September 27, 2016. In April, 2017, his ashes were interred in the USS Arizona, where he rejoined more than 1,000 of his shipmates who lost their lives on that fateful day. Watch the preview here

THE VIETNAM WAR (Ken Burns) “The Veneer of Civilization”

Tuesday Nov 7 at 8pm on 5.1
And view online here

With the country at odds over the war, draft-age Americans face wrenching choices. After chaos roils the Democratic Convention, Nixon narrowly wins the presidency. In Vietnam, soldiers on all sides witness terrible savagery and unflinching courage. Watch episodes online and learn more about THE VIETNAM WAR here

AMERICA'S SECRET WAR – New!

Tuesday Nov 7 at 8pm on 5.1
And view online here

While the United States was publicly engaged in the Vietnam War, a secret conflict was raging just next door in the country of Laos. Under the command of the CIA, a full-blown military operation engulfed Laos, with a select few of the U.S. Armed Forces participating. At Long Tieng, a Laotian secret airbase, the CIA trained an army of allied guerilla fighters including a large number of the Hmong people (an ethnic group from the mountainous regions of southern China, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand), to assist in destroying enemy supply lines. This program uncovers the history of this covert war through the stories of Hmong elders and a rich collection of never-been-seen archival images, maps, and documents, including recently declassified CIA intelligence. Watch online here

COLORES! “Justin Evan Thompson"

Saturday Nov 11 at 4pm on 5.1
Friday Nov 17 at 8pm on 9.1
And view online here

A New Mexico PBS Production - Join us for great original music in this special ¡COLORES! featuring a concert and interview with one of New Mexico’s favorite folk musicians - singer, songwriter, veteran Justin Evan Thompson. Taped live at the Outpost Performance Space, Justin is joined by some of New Mexico’s best musicians, and shares his journey in music that includes two tours of combat in Iraq. Watch online here

DEFENDING THE FIRE – New!

Monday Nov 13 at 9pm on 5.1

Filmed in New Mexico - There will always be warriors. This program follows the journey of the Native Warrior as he (and she) continue conflict resolution in order to survive and secure resources and culture.  The answer to "Why Fight" requires a complex look at the truth through decades of stereotypes and misperceptions. Remarkably, the answer has stayed the same, whether during the 1500s Tiguex War, the Indian Wars of the 1800s, the World Wars, modern Warfare, or continued modern fights for sovereignty and environment. To Protect and Defend - the cohesive thread that connects generations and tribes. Vietnam war veteran and actor Wes Studi (Geronimo, Last of the Mohicans) narrates and appears in the film. Learn more here

POV “Almost Sunrise” – New!

Monday Nov 13 at 9pm on 9.1
Thursday Nov 16 at 12pm on 9.1
Saturday Nov 18 at 10am on 9.1
Saturday Nov 18 at 10pm on 5.1

In an attempt to put haunting combat experiences behind them, two friends embark on a 2,700-mile trek on foot across America. The film captures an unprecedented portrait of veterans - one of hope, potential and untold possibilities. Watch the preview here

THE VIETNAM WAR (Ken Burns) “The History of the World”

Tuesday Nov 14 at 8pm on 5.1
And view online here

When troop withdrawals begin, soldiers left in Vietnam ask what they are fighting for. News breaks of a shocking massacre at My Lai, and questions grow about the war's rectitude. The Cambodia invasion sparks large protests, with tragic consequences. Watch episodes online and learn more about THE VIETNAM WAR here

THE VIETNAM WAR (Ken Burns) “A Disrespectful Loyalty”

Tuesday Nov 21 at 8pm on 5.1
And view online here

South Vietnamese forces fighting on their own suffer a terrible defeat in Laos. After being re-elected in a landslide, Nixon strikes a peace deal with Hanoi that allows American prisoners of war finally to come home to a bitterly divided country. Watch episodes online and learn more about THE VIETNAM WAR here

THE 2 SIDES PROJECT - New!

Tuesday Nov 21 at 10pm on 5.1

This program follows the unforgettable journey of six U.S. sons and daughters as they discover a country and a people with whom they share a common history. Over 11 days in December 2015, American and Vietnamese sons and daughters-who had all lost fathers on opposite sides of the war held the first-ever formal meetings. The film captures the entire story, not just the transformative two-sides encounters, but the profoundly moving experiences these Americans had while visiting the sites where their fathers died, and the powerful experiences they had with the country itself. The film focuses on the aftermath of the Vietnam War, and provides a unique complement to the Ken Burns series on the war. Watch the preview here

THE VIETNAM WAR (Ken Burns) “The Weight of Memory”

Tuesday Nov 28 at 8pm on 5.1
And view online here

Nixon resigns amidst Watergate, while a brutal civil war continues in Vietnam. North Vietnamese troops overtake Saigon with overwhelming force. For the next 40 years, Americans and Vietnamese from all sides search for healing and reconciliation. Watch episodes online and learn more about THE VIETNAM WAR here

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