About the Doc


If there was a photograph that captured the horrific nature of the Vietnam War it was that of a nine-year-old girl running naked down a road, screaming in agony from napalm burns.  In telling Kim’s story, Shelley Saywell makes poignant use of news footage of that time, when the dreadfully wounded little girl ran to journalists at the scene for help, help that was extended heroically. Interviewing the doctors and journalists who 25 years ago ensured Kim’s survival, Saywell accompanies Kim Phuc on a remarkable odyssey to Washington’s Vietnam memorial Wall, as part of the U.S. Veterans Day ceremonies. There, dignitaries struggled to hold back the tears as Kim, still in their minds the little girl, made it clear that her mission was one of forgiveness and a wider healing.

Behind-the-Scenes with Featured Filmmaker Shelley Saywell