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Dateline-Saigon
A documentary by Thomas D. Herman

96 minutes, color, 2018

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Synopsis

Southeast Asia, 1960's. Flash point of the Cold War. Dateline-Saigon tells 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 version put forth by the White House during the early years of the Vietnam War...even as their own government sought to discredit them.

The film features original interviews with key characters, some of whom are no longer living, and rare archival motion picture and still photographs, many from private archives, seen here publicly for the first time.

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.


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Reviews

"'Dateline-Saigon' reconstructs the early rumblings of the Vietnam War - mainly from 1961 through 1964 - through the eyes of five print reporters who were on assignment in Saigon. Professionally, they were rivals...but in the film's telling, they nevertheless forged a kind of brotherhood, competing for stories as they began to question the United States government's official narrative. The film captures a swirl of personalities and conveys the excitement of reporting in a fast-moving, confusing and dangerous atmosphere." - Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

"The best film about journalism in Vietnam I've ever seen." - Bob Schieffer, former anchor of CBS EVENING NEWS & moderator of FACE THE NATION

"In the era of Trump, DATELINE-SAIGON tells a vital tale of a group of journalists who fought to tell the world a painful and important story even as their own government was trying to discredit them. Narratively powerful, this film is a distant mirror on a present-day drama: the ability of courageous citizens to speak truth to power." - Alex Gibney, Academy Award-winning director of TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE

"DATELINE-SAIGON brings us back to an era when journalists pursued a noble mission and what they reported mattered. Its five heroes shaped history and elevated their craft. I hope this terrific film can inspire us today to restore that sense of calling and honesty, both to journalism and to our society." - Walter Isaacson, author of STEVE JOBS & BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: AN AMERICAN LIFE


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