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My Father's Vietnam (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, History
A personal documentary about a public subject, My Father's Vietnam personifies the connections made and unmade by the Vietnam War. Featuring never-before-seen photographs and 8mm footage of... See full summary »

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Soren Sorensen

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Soren Sorensen
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Cast overview:
Glenn Aurelius Glenn Aurelius ... Himself
Loring Bailey Sr. Loring Bailey Sr. ... Himself
Margie Belford Margie Belford ... Herself
Rik Carlson Rik Carlson ... Himself
Glenn Rickert Jr. Glenn Rickert Jr. ... Himself
Bess Sorensen Bess Sorensen ... Herself
Elizabeth Sorensen Elizabeth Sorensen ... Herself
Peter Sorensen Peter Sorensen ... Himself
Soren Sorensen Soren Sorensen ... Himself
John Wilson John Wilson ... Himself
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A personal documentary about a public subject, My Father's Vietnam personifies the connections made and unmade by the Vietnam War. Featuring never-before-seen photographs and 8mm footage of the era, My Father's Vietnam is the story of three soldiers, only one of whom returned home alive. Interviews with the filmmaker's Vietnam Veteran father, and the friends and family members of two men he served with who were killed there, give voice to individuals who continue to silently carry the psychological burdens of a war that ended over 40 years ago. My Father's Vietnam carries with it the potential to encourage audiences to broach the subjects of service and sacrifice with the veterans in their lives.

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A discussion of experiences in Vietnam framed within a very personal lens
16 March 2016 | by tompalleschiSee all my reviews

Soren Sorensen's documentary "My Father's Vietnam" chronicles the experiences of his father Peter Sorensen during his time spent overseas in the Vietnam War. Given the personal nature of much of the subject matter that the film covers, "My Father's Vietnam" presents this information in a very intimate way; using his relationship with his father as a framing device, Soren Sorensen shapes the film in order to allow Peter Sorensen and his friends and family members to recount the events to us almost as if we are sitting in for Soren himself, listening with full attention as we hear of these tragedies and hardships that were endured on a small scale, personal level during the war for the very first time. This makes for a very engaging experience for the viewer, leaving us feeling like we understand the subjects and the struggles that occurred during this period of their lives while giving us insight into how the events have helped to shape them into who they are today.

These interviews form the backbone of the documentary, but "My Father's Vietnam" is also enhanced by a selection of never-before-seen photographs and actual 8mm footage that truly bring the words of Peter Sorensen and the other interview subjects to life on the screen. The stories that they recount are emotionally gripping and relatable; anyone with family that has gone through a situation such as this should be able to connect to something that they see or hear in this film, even if the war was never really a topic of discussion around the house. "My Father's Vietnam" intends to and ultimately succeeds in breaking down that barrier of discussion by showing insight into the minds of soldiers like Peter Sorensen through individual wartime experiences and the personal connections that they have since gone on to form in their own lives.


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