The War

Ken Burns looks at WWII

To regular PBS watchers, Ken Burns is a household name. His TV documentaries The Civil War, Baseball and Jazz won Emmys and cemented Burns as the go-to guy for encapsulating the “American experience.” Hell, he was recently the subject of a trivia question on the Discovery Channel’s Cash Cab (that’s famous). Burns’s newest project is The War, a 14-hour WWII documentary that recounts the experiences of several people involved in both the Pacific and European theaters. Far from being one-sided, the film accurately portrays the soldiers as men and women who wrestled with their conscience --”I don’t think there is any such thing as a good war, I think sometimes there are necessary wars,” says one of the soldiers interviewed -- and deeply mourned their comrades. The film, which airs on PBS later this month, was the topic of some controversy earlier this year when Burns was accused of ignoring the wartime contributions of Hispanics and Native Americans. After PBS and Burns received pressure from Latino groups, they agreed to include additional footage shot by filmmaker Hector Galan. Find out if any of the new footage made its way into the documentary at a special sneak preview viewing today.
Tue., Sept. 18, 7 p.m.

 
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