An Evening with Filmmaker Ken Burns

3 stars

WFYI future home, 1630 N. Meridian St., & Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation

April 18

Ken Burns is a charismatic personality who sweeps a listener into the swirl of his committed excitement, be it his love of PBS and its programming or the culmination of his six-year documentary project, The War. At the 7 p.m. lecture, Burns traced his pursuit of stories “that would honor universal human experience” connected with WWII. He emphasized that “following the fortunes of a handful of so-called ordinary men and women who were caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history” is not a definitive history but rather an exploration of “who we are, what we’re made of, what we’re capable of.” Clips showed the scope of emotions held by veterans a half century after their armed service experiences. Airing starts Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. on WFYI-20 and continues until Oct. 2 in two-hour segments Sunday-Wednesday. Related programs with the Indiana Historical Society and Spirit & Place Festival are Nov. 14 and 17. Log on to www.wfyi.org.

 

 

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