09/05/2007 - The War, a new seven-part documentary series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores the history and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective by following the fortunes of a handful of so-called ordinary men and women who were caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history.
Six years in the making, the epic 14-hour film, reminiscent in scope and power of Ken Burns’ landmark series, The Civil War, focuses on the stories of American citizens from four geographically distributed and American towns – Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and Luverne, Minnesota. Individuals from each community take the viewer through their own personal and quite often harrowing journeys into war, painting vivid portraits of how the war dramatically altered their lives and those of their neighbors, as well as the country they helped to save for generations to come.
Major funding is provided by the Lilly Endowment Inc., Public Broadcasting Service, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Longaberger Foundation, and Park Foundation, Inc.
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