There’s not much I can share about this project… yet! But following the feedback from Part One of the Con Dao video series, with Dave Fox (www.globejotting.com) I’m in the process of putting together a second part. Depending on how much interest Dave and I can gauge about this issue, we are considering a longer-form documentary project about this fascinating place. I believe it is an important story, and one that has not been sufficiently explored—even with the recent release of Ken Burns’ extensive documentary series on Vietnam.
Last summer, I had the chance to meet with Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) who is at the heart of the Con Dao story, and the catalyst behind its initial exposure in LIFE Magazine, back in 1971. He gave me a considerable interview, recalling the events of that fateful day, which in many ways turned the course of the Vietnam War and world history itself. I have also interviewed key figures such as Don Luce and Dave and I have met with Nguyen Loi, to get their versions of this intriguing story.
I promise I will keep you posted!