27 Jul ‘Dateline-Saigon’. This is an essential film.
‘Dateline: Saigon.’ Thomas D. Herman’s documentary depicts early 1960s Saigon through the eyes of five young journalists sent there to cover the early U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. It’s a fascinating history lesson overall about those years of the war, but the struggle of the journalists – David Halberstam of The New York Times, Malcolm Browne, Peter Arnett and photographer Horst Faas of The Associated Press, and Neil Sheehan of UPI – to uncover and report the truth seems particularly relevant today. Sheehan, for instance, recalls an officer telling him that 300 Viet Cong were killed in a battle when it turned out only 12 were. Alternative fact? As these journalists worked to present real facts to the American public, they were portrayed by the government and military as enemies. This is an essential film.
By Tim Miller, Cape Cod Times
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