MY FATHER’S VIETNAM
Written and Directed by Soren Sorenson
Vietnam is just a distant memory for many of us, but for those who served, it was a crossroads in their lives or even a death penalty, effecting a myriad number of families. Soren Sorenson is a part of one of those families. At the age of 30, he asked his father, Peter Sorenson, how he came to serve in the Vietnam War. ”My Father’s Vietnam” documents where Soren’s answers lead him. We embark on the journey of discovery of three intersecting lives: Peter Sorenson, Loring “Ring” Bailey, and Glenn Aurelios. More than 50,000 Americans were killed in Vietnam and this is just one of the many untold stories until now.
Soren tactfully delves into his father’s history and captures Peter as he reveals details of his life in the war and why he made the decisions he did. Peter bares his soul, allowing us to see that this man, and many just like him, are different people because of the war. We learn about “Ring” and Glenn as Soren interviews family members and those who knew them as combat colleagues. Many of these men had been recently married with newborns, fighting not just a political war, but an internal war of conflicted emotions. The film allows us to get to truly know these men and the impact it had and continues to have.
Peter, the only survivor of the three, is from a long line of military men. As a journalist, Peter saw the war from a different perspective. That view brought him off of the front lines to a “safer” zone, reporting and photographing the events at hand. As we hear his memories, Soren beautifully overlays his father’s news clippings to correlate with the story. The arial footage and photographs previously buried, surface to give greater meaning to this war and to those who fought it.
“My Father’s Vietnam” is an emotionally gripping and profoundly intense film that will forever change your thoughts about Vietnam. These brave veterans, much like the men from WWII, don’t talk about this part of their lives—unless they are asked. Their stories must not be lost. Let’s remember and be encouraged to ask.
As the daughter of a WWII veteran who has now passed away, I’d like to thank all who have served and continue to do so.
You can see this film on VOD (Video on Demand) now on digital platforms such as iTunes and Amazon. For more information, go to www.myfathersvietnamdoc.com