Two Days in October
2005 | DOCUMENTARY
Some stayed. Some went. All fought.
In October 1967, history turned a corner. In a jungle, a Viet Cong ambush nearly wiped out an American battalion, prompting some in power to question whether the war might be unwinnable. On a campus in Wisconsin, a student protest against the war spiraled out of control, marking the first time that a campus anti-war demonstration had turned violent. Based on the book, "They Marched into Sunlight" by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss, this moving American Experience film examines the critical events that took place in the turbulent fall of 1967. The emotionally wrenching parallel stories are told by the people whose lives were irrevocably changed by what happened--American and Viet Cong soldiers, relatives of men killed in battle, protesting students, police officers, and university faculty and administrators. Collectively, their words speak to the heartbreak caused by the war and the stark division it wrought on the home front.
"A superb and heart breaking documentary."
San Francisco Chronicle
"If you could watch only one program to grasp what the Vietnam War did to the U.S. Two Days would be a great choice. It is profound."
"Exceptional filmmaker Robert Kenner has woven archival footage and participants interviews into an insightful, wrenching snapshot of history. Unforgettable."
Detroit Free Press
"Two Days does all that any film can to revive the tragic drama of Vietnam.
Even 37 years later Kenner skillfully gets his subjects to recall their feelings interviewees share details that make the tale novelistic in re-creating not just the events but thoughts, emotions and conflicts of the two day. Two Days ultimately is like a tragic epic poem, without fiction."