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Oscars: Rory Kennedy Does Family Legacy Proud In Bringing Closure – And Academy Award Attention – To ‘Last Days In Vietnam’

12 February 2015 11:48 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

At last Saturday’s lively and informative annual Women’s Panel – expertly moderated by Madelyn Hammond –  at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival , filmmaker Rory Kennedy had the capacity crowd roaring when she offered her brother Christopher’s two part definition of the kind of movies she makes:  “Depressing . And more depressing”.  That is not entirely the case for this veteran of more than 25 docs including her landmark HBO portrait of her mother, Ethel Kennedy in Ethel.  But nothing she had done before could prepare us for the power and sheer brilliance of her latest, the Oscar-nominated feature Documentary ,   Last Days In Vietnam, which chronicles the final waning moments when we had to abandon Vietnam for good,  heartbreakingly leaving behind hundreds of South Vietnamese refugees trying to get out, but abandoned at the last minute.  The film was made under the ausopices of PBS’  American Experience  and though  it faces tough, »

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