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Screening Kit

Host a Screening of The Vietnam War

“The Vietnam War was a decade of agony that took the lives of more than 58,000 Americans,” Burns said. “Not since the Civil War have we as a country been so torn apart. “ -Ken Burns

Stories and discussions in our communities can move us toward understanding and healing.

Your veterans’ group, library, or community organization can host a public screening and discussion of Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War using a “highlights DVD” from the film as a centerpiece.

How long is The Vietnam War highlights DVD?

The highlights DVD is approximately 60 minutes long.

How do I get The Vietnam War highlights DVD so I can host a screening?

Contact Katy Beem at or call 1-800-456-0766. Let us know where, how and when you plan to show the screening, and SDPB will send the DVD to you, free-of-charge.

How can I publicize my screening?

You can dowload a customizable The Vietnam War 11x17 poster to advertise your screening here. Icon The Vietnam War 11x17 poster (6.3 MB) . SDPB also has templates of press releases and social media images available that you can modify to promote your event that we are happy to share. Please contact Katy Beem at or call 1-800-456-0766.

You can also share your screening on your social media pages.

Also, let SDPB help you spread the word by listing your screening on the Events Calendar at

How should I prepare for the screening?

For smaller audiences, a television and a DVD player may suffice. For larger audiences, you may want to use a laptop, projector, speakers and a screen.

Consider inviting an individual to speak at your screening. The Vietnam War contains interviews with multiple experiences and perspectives from the Vietnam War Era: Vietnam War veterans; Gold Star families; anti-war activists; Vietnamese individuals who fought in and witnessed the war in their country. Inviting a member or members of these communities can promote broad discussion and opportunities for learning.

If you’d like to hold a discussion afterward, you can download  Icon The Vietnam War Discussion Guide (365.9 KB) which offers questions for generating dialog.

What else can I do if I host a screening?

Drop us a line! SDPB would love to hear from you. Email Katy Beem at and let us know how many people attended your screening, highlights of the discussion, and viewer response to the highlights DVD! Your feedback will help us better serve your community!

Thank You to Our Supporters

Funding for THE VIETNAM WAR is provided by Bank of America; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; PBS; David H. Koch; The Blavatnik Family Foundation; Park Foundation; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Pew Charitable Trusts; Ford Foundation Just Films; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and members of The Better Angels Society: Jonathan & Jeannie Lavine, Diane & Hal Brierley, Amy & David Abrams, John & Catherine Debs, Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, The Montrone Family, Lynda & Stewart Resnick, The Golkin Family Foundation, The Lynch Foundation, The Roger & Rosemary Enrico Foundation, Richard S. & Donna L. Strong Foundation, Bonnie & Tom McCloskey, Barbara K. & Cyrus B. Sweet III, The Lavender Butterfly Fund.

Local support for The Vietnam War comes from Black Hills Energy, Scull Construction Services Inc and Sanford Health.

THE VIETNAM WAR is a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington, DC. Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Written by Geoffrey C. Ward. Produced by Sarah Botstein, Lynn Novick and Ken Burns. 

The Vietnam War
Find out about the creation of The Vietnam War, coming to PBS Sunday, September 17, 2017.
A GI recalls how the Vietnam War divided American society.
A GI talks about his fear of land mines, and the courage it took just to walk in Vietnam.
With the Vietnam War ramping up, college students begin to worry about the draft.