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* Date : 2017-12-30
Special Documentary Commemorating 25 Years of Diplomatic Ties Between South Korea and Vietnam
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between South Korea and Vietnam, Arirang TV and VTV in Vietnam have teamed up for the first time since the end of the Vietnam War to heal the heartbroken in both countries.The Vietnam War was one of the greatest ideological conflicts during the Cold War. Amid growing struggle between democracy and communism, the U.S. requested military cooperation from its anti-communist allies with the objective of halting further spread of communism. South Korea also lent help starting with medical teams in 1964, which later expanded with deployment of 320,000 soldiers.
War kills the innocent inevitably. And it leaves wounds that cannot be healed. Countless were wounded or killed over the decades from 1955 to 1975, and many were innocent civilians in Vietnam. Korean soldiers were partly responsible for the huge loss of life. The Vietnam War left deep scars on both the Vietnamese and the 320 thousand Korean soldiers.
2 years ago, two Vietnamese massacre survivors - Thanh and Lan - visited South Korea to testify about the massacres committed by the Korean Vietnam-veterans at the National Assembly and other places around the country. Yet, they were met with fierce backlash from the veterans.
The act of recalling memories of the war has been somewhat banned in both countries. However, the Vietnamese survivors, mostly in their 60's, don't have much time left to reveal the truth. Therefore, Arirang TV and VTV have joined for the first time in half a century to record their stories and heal their wounds. This documentary covers not only the stories of Thanh and Lan, who came to Korea 2 years ago, but also many other survivors across Vietnam who question,
"Why did you kill my innocent babies, siblings, and parents in such a cruel manner?"
Their message has been delivered to the Korean Vietnam-veterans. The war left huge scars on the veterans, too, and they finally answer the Vietnamese, which have long been waiting to hear from them.
The special documentary "Send & Received: The Video" captures the pain of the Vietnam War from both Vietnamese and Korean points of view and the need to address the issue.