November 2, 2016 11:14 am
WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast Kartemquin's 1998 Vietnam, Long Time Coming at 3PM on Sunday November 13, in honor of Veterans Day and Kartemquin's 50th anniversary. In 1998, World T.E.A.M. (The Exceptional Athlete Matters) Sports organized a 16-day, 1100 mile bicycle expedition through once war-torn Northern and Southern Vietnam, drawing an array of veterans from the U.S. and Vietnam, as well as celebrity riders like Greg La Monde and Senator John Kerry. hose without use of their legs used special hand-powered bikes, while blind riders pedaled from the back of tandem bikes. What is immediately apparent on the veterans' arrival in Vietnam is that their biggest handicaps are the ghosts of their pasts. Past enemies ride as one team in peace across a landscape they once killed to stay alive on. Much more than a race, the ride is an exorcism; the real finish line is the painful emotional confrontation each must make alone along the way. Read more about the film's production and impact in this blog on the World T.E.A.M Sports website. In December, WTTW will be screening the documentary Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita directed by Maria Finitzo. Other highlights of Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary year included several retrospectives and screenings in Chicago and nationwide; an art exhibit; a book; workshops, panels, and master classes; and online streaming of the organization’s entire catalog of award-winning documentaries via http://watch.kartemquin.com. The full calendar, which will be updated throughout the year as new events and partners are added, is available at www.KTQ50.org. Join the conversation on Twitter at @Kartemquin or by using #KTQ50.