StoryCorps Animated Short The Last Viewing will be broadcasted nationally on PBS’ POV on June 29th (10pm Eastern/9pm Central). POV is the premiere showcase for independent documentary work in the United States and is in its 28th season.
In The Last Viewing, Vietnam veteran Allen Hoe honors the memory of his son, Nainoa, who was killed while serving in Iraq in 2005. Directed by the Rauch Brothers, the short originally premiered as a part of StoryCorps’ commemoration of Veterans Day 2014, which shared some of the most powerful stories from our Military Voices Initiative. The initiative provides a platform for veterans, military members, and their families to share their stories. It also provides a wonderful way for civilians to gain a deeper understanding of their service and sacrifice. The Last Viewing, along with 1st Squad, 3rd Platoon, The Nature of War, and Germans in the Woods represent just a few of the experiences recalled during the 1,000 plus hours of interviews recorded by Military Voice Initiative.
At the end of May, The Last Viewing was also honored with a screening at the GI Film Festival during their “Best of the Fest” awards show in Fairfax, Virginia. Both the festival screening and the upcoming national broadcast are meaningful acknowledgments of the work of the Military Voices Initiative, the animation team, and everyone at StoryCorps.
We couldn’t be prouder that this short continues to connect with viewers because the need for these stories to reach wide audiences is clear. For civilians. For veterans. For military families. Sylvie Lubow, Program Manager of MVI, comments, “There’s not a lot of space when you are in active duty to reflect on what’s happening to you. You are reacting. Whether you are listening or telling your own stories it’s a different way to process what has happened. It can be hard, but it’s powerful.”
We hope that The Last Viewing will encourage people to listen more to our veterans and their families- and that it will encourage other military families to share their own stories, too. And we hope all who view it will honor Allen Hoe’s sacrifice and dedication, whether they recognize his experience in their own lives, a loved one’s service, or simply as a compassionate civilian.
POV has long been a broadcast partner of StoryCorps and we encourage you to enjoy the diverse and compelling lineup they are presenting this summer and fall. Find your local PBS broadcast schedule here.