Vietnam through television series

Throughout film history, we have seen from fictional stories to real-life situations that have reflected the great work of journalists who have risked their lives sinking into the depths of war to testify what was lived.

One of these journalists is Mark Bowden, who specializes in military conflicts, has made several publications in the United States, but one of the most outstanding has been about the Vietnam War, entitled “Hué 1986. A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam”

This work has been one of the highlights among the different problems experienced in the country and that just a few have been able to dig into the depths of the events, including interethnic problems or failed attempts by the US military to occupy other countries like Africa or Iraq.

But even these journalists have obtained inspiration from others that preceded them as the work of Ridley Scoot in his movie “Black Hawk down”

TV series based on Bowden’s book

There is nothing better than a movie based on real events since it makes us feel that we are seeing something legitimate and that it is part of the story.

It has been the film producers and screenwriters, Michael De Luca and Michael Mann, who have managed to obtain the rights of the book to start a TV series for the FX channel (Fox’s subsidiary cable chain) in 2018.

This would be transmitted “The Vietnam War” which in 10 episodes documented the war and got very good reviews. This series was directed by filmmakers, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, documentary specialists, along with screenwriter Geoffrey Ward, who also wrote the 2007 series “The War.” 

The scripts of Geoffrey Ward are highly acclaimed mainly in this film because it proved updates about the Second World War information that are constantly being discovered and giving it an original twist that separates them from the many films that are about this fact.

The mission of making public the Vietnam War 

This would be transmitted “The Vietnam War” which in 10 episodes documented the war and got very good reviews. This series was directed by filmmakers, Ken As it is well said, “he who does not know his past is doomed to repeat it”, the great documentary filmmakers try to give an image to the written and told story, but without giving it the typical dramatic approach found in countless films.

The important thing is not the drama that some people may be living, but to send a conceptual message, with a touch of academic teaching as is best narrated in the books.

However, also the psychological and critical approach that is used in dramatic works about wars can bring some understanding about the evils that not only innocent victims live, but also those who are forced to fight wars as soldiers.

After all, the debate is always open on how the US government always wants to wage war for its own global power by becoming soldiers like mere pawns hypnotized by the false patriotism that instills education in this country from an early age.

There are also other classics that no one should miss, Apocalypse Now of 1979, 1987 Full metal jacket,  1987 Hamburger Hill, 1986 Platoon, among others.

All these reflect how American society was a victim of wars facing conflicts, and although the characters were completely fictional, the stories told there are what was really lived, and you can even breathe the chaos of a shattered society.

Although they are filmed with decades of antiquity, much of what is told in them are still living today as the cultural shock and the stress of being sent to unknown countries where they cannot fit, where they also had to fight battles for other people’s causes of more powerful people.

On the other hand, in the series released this 2018, “The Vietnam War” we can find chronologically ordered facts, where testimonies and real images obtained by reporters, it is certainly pure gold.

A shocking contrast between the celebration and the admiration of the US military force, the veterans’ traumatic return from war, where the issue becomes a taboo.