Setting the Record Straight
The Long Way Home Project
From Flicker Films, LLC's May 10, 2002 Press Release
"The Long Way Home Project," a recently released documentary series on the Vietnam War provides a more positive and unbiased look at the country's longest war and highlights many of the misconceptions America has about the men and women who served the country in this conflict.
In his introduction to the four-part film series General H. Norman Schwarzkopf said, "'The Long Way Home Project' will give all viewers a powerful new perspective on the events that shaped that war and the men who fought it."
Colorado-based Flickers Films won the 2002 Gold Special Jury Award, the highest award available to a Documentary/Television series at the prestigious Houston International Film Festival.
"The Long Way Home Project" features candid interviews with some of the most important surviving players of the period including Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger, General William J. McCaffrey, and Ambassador Charles S. Whitehouse. Pulitzer-prize nominated historian and author Dr. Lewis Sorley provides insight and commentary to the films which are jammed with never-before-seen photos and top-secret documents as well as inside look at the soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War.
"We think the country is really ready to hear what these films have to say," said producer Christel Crane. "There has never been major industry recognition given to anything positive about the Vietnam War... all that changed at the Houston Film Festival."
"The war is not over," said director Calvin Crane. "Vietnam veterans must remember that they showed the country what they were made of once... but that responsibility continues. It is imperative for young people today and future generations to know the truth about why we served so that they will want to defend our freedoms in the years to come."
The Episodes of the Film Series
Episode 1 - Men Versus Myth
The Long Way Home Project presents "Men versus Myth" the first in a multi-part documentary series on the Vietnam War. Among the startling revelations: the best and the brightest served in Vietnam, the rest stayed home. The soldiers in Vietnam had the highest rate of volunteerism, were the best educated, and served for higher ideals than any fighting force that America had ever fielded.
That he returned maligned and unwelcome is a travesty. That they were not "victims" but raised their families and became America's community and business leaders is the amazing inspirational message of "Men Versus Myth".
Episode 2 - How We Won the War
The Long Way Home Project presents the interactive television documentary "How We Won the War." It was the summer of 1970. In South Vietnam the Communist forces were decimated and the countryside returned to friendly hands.
After totally repelling desperate enemy attacks in 1968 and 1969, the American, Vietnamese, Australian and other Southeast Asia Treaty Organization forces had achieved what politicians and the media had said was impossible. Newly available historical information and the personal stories of the some of the major "players" of the period makes "How We Won..." both informative and entertaining.
Episode 3 - How We Lost the War
Four successive administrations shed American blood and vowed to protect democratic South Vietnam from Communist takeover. The Long Way Home Project presents the television documentary "How We Lost the War". Even with the military war won, the U.S. Congress, their supporters in the media, and activists in the Left had other ideas.
The scale of our nation's betrayal was unprecedented in American history and unworthy of a great nation. And yet the lessons that can be learned from the story are worth learning and will inspire future generations to vigilance and to service.
Episode 4 - The New Diaspora
Long overlooked in the story of the Vietnam war are the South Vietnamese themselves. The Long Way Home Project presents the television documentary "The New Diaspora", an inspirational look at their long history, their stories of hardship and struggle to reach freedom, and the success they found in their new countries.
Both older and younger generations alike seek to find meaning in their new lives and yet rediscover and maintain a link with their heritage and a country that was left behind -- a metaphor for a nation built by immigrants and refugees! With over a million Vietnamese-Americans in the U.S. and many thousands in other democratic nations around the world they form a living legacy to the commitment of the allied soldiers that fought for freedom and democracy.