Preview of Burns’ ‘Vietnam War’

Aug 03, 2017
Points North Institute, Maine Public and the Camden Opera House are partnering to offer a free sneak preview of the upcoming landmark documentary “The Vietnam War.”

Camden — The Points North Institute and the Camden Opera House continue their monthly CIFF Selects series with a special sneak preview of “The Vietnam War” by master documentarian Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1.

Presented in partnership with Maine Public, the evening will highlight several clips from the 10-part, 18-hour documentary series, slated to begin airing on Maine Public Television on Sept. 17. The event is free and open to the general public, thanks to support from Maine Public.

“The Vietnam War” tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive and controversial events in American history, as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides — Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it — as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Maine Public on this exciting and important event,” said Ben Fowlie, executive director of the Points North Institute. “For the past 30 years, Ken Burns has been examining some of our most important institutions and historical events, and there is no question that his latest his latest is more relevant now than ever.”

Mark Vogelzang, Maine Public’s president and CEO, said “The Vietnam War” promises to be very important both for anyone affected by the Vietnam conflict and those not familiar with the war. Maine Public is engaging Mainers across numerous media this summer and fall, soliciting stories and holding discussions around the Vietnam War and its lasting effects on the country.

“Thanks to wonderful partners like the Points North Institute and the Camden Opera House, we can reach interested audiences across the state,” he said.

Upcoming CIFF Selects screenings are set for Sept. 20, Oct. 11 and Nov. 15. Q&As with filmmakers, either in person or via Skype, follow select screenings. For more information, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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