Host Kathy Lawton Brown speaks with the director of “The Final 19”, Timothy Breitbach. The documentary film, part of the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival, tells the harrowing true story of Sgt. Dan Hefel, one of the final 19 prisoners of war to come home from Vietnam. Hefel’s riveting, sometimes raucous first-person account is by turns intense, horrific, and blackly humorous. His Vietnam experiences included both a delirious bout with malaria and a broken back from the helicopter crash that led to his capture. The severely wounded Hefel managed to survive being carried through the jungle on a difficult journey, but during his subsequent imprisonment, he faced torture and exploitation as a propaganda pawn by the North Vietnamese Army (NVA).

Reception & panel discussion following the screening: War Stories: A Veterans Day Salute to the Soldier

Thursday, November 11th – 7-10 PM
Vue 17, University Tower /  3650 Brentwood Blvd in Clayton

Meet filmmaker Tim Breitbach and moderator NFL Coach Gregg Williams
Panel: Sgt. Dan Hefel,  Col. Chris Kolenda,  Col. John A. O’Grady, and Tom Slattery of Delta Force

Open to all – no tickets or reservations needed. Masks are requested.