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The Khe Sanh Peace Garden

Synopsis: A touching and hopeful film about a medevac helicopter pilot who finds peace within himself and with his mortal enemies when he tries to build a peace garden at the Khe Sanh Combat Base where he was stationed during the Viet Nam war.

Director: Tinh Mahoney
Is a filmmaker/musician/storyteller and teacher – as well as a director and producer. His films and music have been featured on OPB and other PBS-affiliated stations. He was invited to the White House by George and Laura Bush and has performed at the Washington D.C. Capitol Mall.

Director’s Statement
I am a child of war. I escaped Vietnam when I was 12 years old, days before the fall of Saigon, and went to the US. I remember watching the news and seeing tanks roll into the Presidential Palace. I didn’t understand a single word of what the reporter was saying, but I remember in my heart knowing that I had lost my homeland. Although my body was never damaged by mortars, shrapnel or bullets, I was wounded by that war.

A few years ago I met Dave Hansen, a medevac helicopter pilot, who has spent the last several years seeking reconciliation with former enemies through the creation of a peace garden at Khe Sanh, the very place his unit was stationed during the war.

During a visit to the peace garden site, I met veterans from both sides of the conflict. As I walked the Khe Sanh battlefield, a whole gamut of emotions ran through me, from being a child of war to being a wounded adult to profound sympathy for the lonely souls still haunting this battlefield. I felt a deep sadness no amount of tears can fully express.

Dave is now in the final stages of his life. I made The Khe Sanh Peace Garden as a film tribute to my friend and in hopes of healing the hearts of many victims of this great tragedy.

  • Category : Memories
  • Genre : Documentary
  • Director(s) : Tinh Mahoney
  • Run Time : 25m
  • Release Year : 2020
  • Country : Viet Nam / USA