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  1. Vietnam, 1969. 21-year-old U.S. Army Special Forces Captain William Albracht is assigned his first command at Firebase Kate, near the Vietnam-Cambodia border. He is the youngest commanding officer in Vietnam. The day he arrives, the firebase comes under heavy attack. It soon becomes apparent that the 26 Americans and 100 Montegnard soldiers on the base are surrounded by thousands of North Vietnamese troops making a major push into South Vietnam. The severely outmanned and outgunned outpost will soon be overrun. Out of options, and against all odds, Albracht leads a desperate late night escape and evasion through a jungle filled with enemy soldiers. Miraculously, all but one man survives the escape. Narrated by 12 of the American soldiers who survived to tell the story.

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  2. When the bodies of eleven Central Americans and Mexicans were found inside a freight car in Denison, Iowa, the nation took notice. Reporters descended on the small farming community, searching for information about how and why this group ended up inside a locked railcar, where they would die horrific deaths.

    The documentary, “Train to Nowhere; Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation,” offers an honest, yet compassionate look at the 2002 deaths of the eleven undocumented immigrants. It takes the viewers from the streets of southern Texas, to the hills of a Guatemalan farm, to the Iowa town where the bodies were found.

    The film is part crime story, part immigration perspective. The film breaks free of the standard immigration story, however, in examining the case from various viewpoints: that of one victim's New York brother, a long-time immigration agent, and a train conductor imprisoned for working with the smugglers who locked the railcar to throw off U.S. Border Patrol inspectors. Viewers will see beyond the superficial levels of the people involved in the story and understand the complexities of their personalities and the situation. The older brother from Guatemala, once an undocumented immigrant himself, struggles with anger and, sometimes, guilt. Even though he urged his little brother to remain in Central America, his own financial success showed the younger man what could be achieved. The immigration agent, who traveled north as a boy with his migrant farm worker grandfather and father, believes in strict border control yet often encounters those who question his loyalty to the United States because of his Mexican heritage. The former train conductor, once paid to help slip people into the United States by train, argues he was trying to help the immigrants gain a chance at better lives. This is a crime story that also illustrates how immigration is such a complex issue, far from black and white.

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  3. Escape From Firebase Kate is a 1-hour documentary that recounts the events of an intense 3-day siege during the Vietnam War in 1969. U.S. Army Special Forces Captain William Albracht, a 21-year-old from Illinois, is assigned command of Firebase Kate, making him the youngest commanding officer in Vietnam. Only two-dozen American troops and 100 indigenous Montegnard infantry occupy the small artillery outpost near the Vietnam-Cambodia border – just off the Ho Chi Minh trail. The base comes under heavy attack the day Albracht arrives. What is initially assumed as a small contingent of enemy soldiers eventually reveals itself as thousands of North Vietnamese troops making a major push across the border into South Vietnam on an offensive towards nearby Camp Bu Prang.

    The events of the film occur during the initial implementation of President Nixon’s policy of Vietnamization, which called for US troops to turn over the war effort to the South Vietnamese Army. Caught in that transition, Firebase Kate receives no support from the South Vietnamese troops in the area, leaving them severely outmanned and outgunned, and in imminent danger of being overrun. Their only option is a desperate late night escape and evasion through a jungle filled with NVA soldiers.

    • Primary narrative supplied by 12 of the US soldiers who were on Firebase Kate, including the helicopter and airplane pilots who flew in and around the firebase.

    • Audio recordings of actual radio communications between ground forces and supporting Air Force gunships transport the viewer back to 1969 to listen to conversations during nightly air strikes.

    The film quickly sets the stage with an overview of what’s happening during 1969 regarding the US military involvement and political changes regarding the war. The men of Firebase Kate share their day-by-day recollection of the 3-day siege in a riveting and emotional story that steadily builds towards the life or death escape and evasion. Miraculously, all but one man survives the 7-mile trek to safety.

    Central to the story is the connection that exists between William Albracht – the young commander on the ground – and 30-year-old Air Force navigator Al Dykes – who flew over the base to provide support each night of the siege. Dykes provided recordings of the radio communications between the two men to Albracht just weeks after the men escaped in 1969. Excerpts from those tapes are woven throughout the film to provide a true sense of the bond that formed between the two men.

    The film concludes with an emotional and honest look at the effects of the war, and the difficult return one man experienced upon his return home.

    The 2015 release of this historical documentary and inspirational film coincides with the 50th anniversary of the United States official involvement in Vietnam. The film is more than a simple historical depiction of the events that occurred, but rather, it captures the human drama and emotion behind the heroic efforts undertaken to survive in dire circumstances.

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  4. Escape From Firebase Kate is a 1-hour documentary that recounts the events of an intense 3-day siege during the Vietnam War in 1969. U.S. Army Special Forces Captain William Albracht, a 21-year-old from Illinois, is assigned command of Firebase Kate, making him the youngest commanding officer in Vietnam. Only two-dozen American troops and 100 indigenous Montegnard infantry occupy the small artillery outpost near the Vietnam-Cambodia border – just off the Ho Chi Minh trail. The base comes under heavy attack the day Albracht arrives. What is initially assumed as a small contingent of enemy soldiers eventually reveals itself as thousands of North Vietnamese troops making a major push across the border into South Vietnam on an offensive towards nearby Camp Bu Prang.

    The events of the film occur during the initial implementation of President Nixon’s policy of Vietnamization, which called for US troops to turn over the war effort to the South Vietnamese Army. Caught in that transition, Firebase Kate receives no support from the South Vietnamese troops in the area, leaving them severely outmanned and outgunned, and in imminent danger of being overrun. Their only option is a desperate late night escape and evasion through a jungle filled with NVA soldiers.

    • Primary narrative supplied by 12 of the US soldiers who were on Firebase Kate, including the helicopter and airplane pilots who flew in and around the firebase.

    • Audio recordings of actual radio communications between ground forces and supporting Air Force gunships transport the viewer back to 1969 to listen to conversations during nightly air strikes.

    The film quickly sets the stage with an overview of what’s happening during 1969 regarding the US military involvement and political changes regarding the war. The men of Firebase Kate share their day-by-day recollection of the 3-day siege in a riveting and emotional story that steadily builds towards the life or death escape and evasion. Miraculously, all but one man survives the 7-mile trek to safety.

    Central to the story is the connection that exists between William Albracht – the young commander on the ground – and 30-year-old Air Force navigator Al Dykes – who flew over the base to provide support each night of the siege. Dykes provided recordings of the radio communications between the two men to Albracht just weeks after the men escaped in 1969. Excerpts from those tapes are woven throughout the film to provide a true sense of the bond that formed between the two men.

    The film concludes with an emotional and honest look at the effects of the war, and the difficult return one man experienced upon his return home.

    The 2015 release of this historical documentary and inspirational film coincides with the 50th anniversary of the United States official involvement in Vietnam. The film is more than a simple historical depiction of the events that occurred, but rather, it captures the human drama and emotion behind the heroic efforts undertaken to survive in dire circumstances.

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  5. Two young artists from Kosovo perform to showcase what they have learned through a program that helped them survive the war between Kosovo and Serbia that destroyed their lives and challenged their hope for the future. Through music, they banded together with other children. Over 10 years later their story is being told in the upcoming documentary. See HopeDiesTheLast.com for the film from Storytellers International

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