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Tlingit veterans from Alaska share their Vietnam War experiences in documentary premiering on PBS

Veteran James Lindoff from Hoonah in an interview for "Hunting in Wartime"
Courtesy "Hunting in Wartime"
Veteran James Lindoff from Hoonah in an interview for "Hunting in Wartime"

A documentary film about Vietnam War veterans from an island in Alaska called Hoonah makes its PBS Hawaiʻi debut this Saturday. In “Hunting in Wartime,” Native Tlingit veterans share their experiences surviving trauma, relating to Vietnamese communities, and serving the U.S. government.

According to the group, more men went to the Vietnam War from that island, per capita, than anywhere else in the U.S. The Conversation sat down with the film’s Honolulu-based director, Samantha Farinella, to discuss why so many of them were chosen, and the bond they formed with Hawaiʻi.   

The film airs on PBS Hawaiʻi at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13. Watch the trailer below or click here.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Nov. 11, 2021.

Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation and host of HPR's This Is Our Hawaiʻi podcast. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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