Dateline-Saigon is a powerful, haunting documentary about 5 journalists reporting the truth about the Vietnam War
Dateline-Saigon, documentary, Vietnam War, reporting, reporters, journalism, Thomas D. Herman, David Halberstam, Malcolm Browne, Neil Sheehan, Peter Arnett, Horst Faas, John F. Kennedy, President Kennedy, New York Times, Associated Press, United Press International
The best film about journalism in Vietnam I’ve ever seen.
— Bob Schieffer, former anchor of CBS Evening News and moderator of Face the Nation
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Lies, deception, and the dangerous search for truth.
Southeast Asia. 1960’s. Flash point of the Cold War. Dateline-Saigon is the inspiring story of a small group of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists — David Halberstam, Neil Sheehan, Malcolm Browne, Peter Arnett, and the great photojournalist Horst Faas — who fought to report a truth that was vastly different from the rosy White House version during the early years of the Vietnam War, as their own government sought to discredit them — and worse. Dateline-Saigon is a distant mirror on a present-day drama: the determination of courageous citizens to speak truth to power. Narrated by Sam Waterston, the documentary combines the drama and high stakes of All the President’s Men with the romance and danger of The Year of Living Dangerously.
“If the government is telling the truth, reporters become a minor, relatively unimportant conduit to what is happening. But when the government doesn’t tell the truth, begins to twist the truth, hide the truth, then the journalist becomes involuntarily infinitely more important.”
David Halberstam, The New York Times
United Press International
Time: 96 minutes
A masterful epic. The film’s lessons have clearly not been properly absorbed, which makes the Vietnam pattern so deftly conveyed so relevant today.
Peter Grose, former editor of Foreign Affairs magazine and former New York Times Saigon bureau chief
Powerful and haunting and important… Every reporter’s dream is to have the fate to cover such a big story.
Charles Sennott, co-founder Global Post and former Boston Globe foreign correspondent
Riveting, utterly gripping, beautifully edited, couldn’t take my eyes off it for a second… an incendiary document.
Christopher Lydon, former New York Times correspondent; host of WBUR’s Radio Open Source