Ken Burns and partner Lynn Novick are producing and directing a documentary film on the Vietnam War, completing a war trilogy that includes their previous PBS efforts The Civil War (1990) and the World War II doc The War (2007). Vietnam will run 10 to 12 hours and is set for broadcast in 2016. From the release: “It will focus primarily on the human experience of the conflict, using eyewitness testimonies of so-called ‘ordinary’ people –- Americans as well as Vietnamese –- whose lives were touched by the war. Parallel to the unfolding military narrative, the series will also tell the story of the millions of American citizens who became deeply opposed to it, taking to the streets in some of the largest protest demonstrations the nation has seen.” As in the previous two films, Geoffrey C. Ward is the writer.

PBS is airing The Civil War from April 3-7 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.