On May 24, at 7 p.m., Cinema Arts Centre presents the award-winning author and photographer Charlene Edwards’ powerful and thought-provoking production of Voices From Vietnam which portrays stunning depictions of Vietnam, paired with stories from all sides of this tragic conflict.
Join Edwards as she revisits the Vietnam War with an emotional, informative and enlightening presentation. Voices From Vietnam tells stories through powerful personal narratives and photographs of the men, women and children, both American and Vietnamese, affected by this war during the conflict and afterwards. The moving presentation is interwoven with live music and original songs from singer-songwriters Patricia Shih and John Taylor, followed by personal recollections from a Vietnam veteran, Michael Pergola, who will speak of his return to the battlefields of his youth.
In conjunction with this performance is a panel discussion by distinguished Vietnam veterans sharing a few of their experiences during and after the war: Monsignor Fink, a Vietnam veteran and author of ‘Bury Me With Soldiers,’ and Joan Furey, Second Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps who was featured in the 2017 Ken Burns-Lynn Novick documentary The Vietnam War. This will be followed by a question and answer session, and immediately afterwards there will be a reception with complimentary refreshments, a meet-and-greet with all the speakers and a book signing of Voices From Vietnam by Charlene Edwards.
The Americans called it the Vietnam War. The Vietnamese refer to it as the American War. By whatever name, it was a great tragedy. To this day, its visible—and more often invisible—scars of the war remain.