In the fall of 1968, a 26-year old Army Captain finds himself halfway across the world in Vietnam. From Long Binh Post, Captain Bruce Stern maintains relationships with his friends and family as well as maintaining a sense of normalcy in a turbulent time. Through dozens of talking letters and hundreds of written correspondences and photographs, we hear and read and see voices and people frozen in time for over 4 decades.
“Letters from Long Binh” is a film that brings back a time long since past, but not forgotten.
In August of 1969, my father left Vietnam. 40 years later I decided to see for myself the country he called home for almost a year. While his time in-country was short, it was formative. From friends he maintained to the images he passed down, it was a part of his life I did not know.
Two years after his passing and over a year into production of the documentary “Letters from Long Binh,” I traveled to Vietnam. Here is a sampling of what I saw.