Asia Society and PBS's AMERICAN EXPERIENCE cordially invite you to a preview screening of the new documentary film My Lai. What drove a company of American soldiers'ordinary young men deployed on what they understood to be a combat mission'to murder more than 300 unarmed Vietnamese civilians? Were they "just following orders," as some later declared? Or, as others argued, did they break under the pressure of a misguided military strategy that measured victory by body count?
Today, as the United States once again finds itself questioning the morality of actions taken in the name of war, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Barak Goodman (The Lobotomist, Scottsboro: An American Tragedy) focuses his lens on the 1968 My Lai massacre, its subsequent cover-up and the heroic efforts of the soldiers who broke ranks to try to halt the atrocities. My Lai draws upon eyewitness accounts of Vietnamese survivors and men of the Charlie Company 11th Infantry Brigade and recently discovered audio recordings from the Peers Inquiry to recount one of the darkest chapters of the Vietnam War.
Screening followed by a conversation between director Barak Goodman and author Jonathan Schell.
My Lai will be broadcast on Monday, April 26 at 9:00 pm EST. Check www.pbs.org for details.