Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, 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. Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. THE VIETNAM WAR features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.

Watch an official trailer for The Vietnam War. #VietnamWarPBS


During the series’ original broadcast, we asked viewers how they experienced the events of the Vietnam era. See the stories, videos, songs and photos they shared below. 

If you are looking for other ways to share your experiences related to the Vietnam era, learn about how you can contribute to Texas Tech University’s Vietnam Center and Archive.

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Clips From The Film

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About The Music

About The Music

Explore the soundtrack, score and other playlists from the film.

Press & Events

Press & Events

Find out what the critics are saying.

More From Ken Burns

More From Ken Burns

Learn about Ken Burns, his library of award-winning documentaries and the team at Florentine Films.

The Vietnam War is a production of Florentine Films and WETA

Funding is provided by:

and members of the

Jonathan & Jeannie LavineDiane & Hal BrierleyAmy & David AbramsJohn & Catherine DebsFullerton Family Charitable FundThe Montrone FamilyLynda & Stewart Resnick

The Golkin Family FoundationThe Lynch FoundationThe Roger & Rosemary Enrico Foundation

Richard S. & Donna L. StrongBonnie & Tom McCloskeyBarbara K. & Cyrus B. Sweet IIIThe Lavender Butterfly Fund

and by:

Filmmaker photos courtesy: Tim Llewellyn Photography, Stephanie Berger, Diane Raines Ward. Other photos courtesy: Magnum Photos, AP Photos, Getty Images, Doug Niven/Another Vietnam

Thanks to our Community Partners

Overall Support

Eastern Washington Unioversity
Spokane Valley
MacKay Manufacturing
IRS Environmental logo
Thanks for a grant from WETA


Supporting The Wall That Heals

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Pinecroft Business Park
Walker Construction

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Supporting The Vietnam War documentary series

Kalispel Tribe and Northern Quest Casino

Garco Construction


Providing Preview Screenings of The Vietnam War

Spokane County Library District

Special Thanks to these Partner Organizations Providing Support and Volunteers

Spokane Vet Center
Spokane Veterans Forum
Vietnam Veterans Association 
Combat Vet Riders
Patriot Guard Riders
Fairchild Air Force Base Airmen
Vietnam Veterans of America, chapter 879
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Veterans of Foreign Wars WA Dist. 9
VFW Post 51
Washington State Veterans Cemetery
Farragut State Park
Operation Spokane Heroes
American Legion Post 241
Veterans for Peace #35, Spokane
Muddy Boots
Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, Washington State Chapter - Jerry Mellick
Jack Pursel
Spokane County Sheriff Explorers