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Vietnam [electronic resource]: The Wandering Souls

ABC International
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Using war records, old maps, and other archival materials, two of Australia's Vietnam veterans have produced the first comprehensive account of where nearly 4,000 missing Vietnamese soldiers might be found. In a country where most families lost someone during the war, the enduring grief is not knowing where a loved one fell. Without that knowledge many Vietnamese believe their dead will wander endlessly and without peace. Reporting on the impact of the new revelations, this film also follows a third Australian veteran who has kept some powerful reminders of his time in combat-a journal, a book of poetry, and a scarf owned by one or more North Vietnamese soldiers. The journey to return the diary to its author's mother becomes an emotionally cathartic pilgrimage back to Vietnam, one that generates considerable interest among the local media. When the handover finally occurs, there's not a dry eye in the house.
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26 min.
10 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on April 04, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Wandering Souls
  • Rituals for the Dead (1:50)
  • Lost Souls (2:26)
  • Families of Missing Soldiers (1:26)
  • Operation Wandering Souls (2:13)
  • Poetry of a Dead Soldier (4:31)
  • Setting a Soul Free (5:31)
  • In Search of Wandering Souls (5:14)
  • Wandering Souls: Peace at Last (1:07)
  • Credits: Vietnam: The Wandering Souls (0:39)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2012.
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52186 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (26 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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