To learn more about his father’s experience in the Vietnam War, director Soren Sorensen started interviewing his dad in 2006. What started out as a series of taped conversations grew into a decade long process for Sorensen, whose life path was altered after directing My Father’s Vietnam. Along with Peter Sorensen’s account of his military service, the lives of Sorensen’s colleagues Loring Bailey and Glenn Rickert are also spotlighted in the documentary.
“It’s euphoric to put pieces together of a life that essentially never was or that was cut very, very short,” said Sorensen, who is currently working on an upcoming documentary on Cuban born pianist/composer Omar Sosa. “You realize, at a certain point, that you’re the only person in the world with access to this information from somebody that served with them, this person’s parents, brother-in-law in the case of Loring Bailey, or this person’s spouse in the case of Glenn Rickert. You realize that you’re trafficking in very privileged rare information and stories.”