Marines from Dixie Detachment League provide color guard for Docutah opening gala screening

Screen capture from "Dreams of the Black Echo," date and location not specified | Photo from Docutah website, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Kicking off the 2018 DSU Docutah International Documentary Film Festival, Marines from Utah Dixie Detachment 1270 Marine Corps League provided a color guard for the opening night gala screening of “Dreams of the Black Echo.”

The film will be shown again Friday at the Red Cliffs theater complex at the Red Cliffs Mall in St. George, along with approximately 30 other films at both that location as well as the Electric Theater.

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Marines from Utah Dixie Detachment 1270 Marine Corps League provided a color guard for the opening night gala screening of “Dreams of the Black Echo,” St. George, Utah, Sept. 3, 2018 | Photo by William Fortune, St. George News

“Dreams of the Black Echo” is a joint production between Duy Tan University in Vietnam and DSU film students, faculty and staff. It is the story of the Vietnam War – and one significant battle in particular – told through the reminiscences and experience of veterans from both sides of the conflict.

Film students at Duy Tan University produced half the film from the perspective of their veterans, and DSU film students and faculty produced half the film at Dixie state using United States veterans as the storytellers.

“Dreams of the Black Echo” is not a sweeping 14-year saga but rather the story told through one event: the battle of Khe Sanh, which took place from January to July 1968.

Most of those interviewed for the United States side of the story were local veterans.

The Electric Theater was packed full of veterans and their wives Tuesday for the showing and who were treated to appetizers from Capeletti’s prior to the screening. American and Vietnamese production crews (students) were present for the showing.

“Dreams of the Black Echo” will be screened again Friday at 6:40 p.m. at the Red Cliffs theatre complex.

2018 Docutah International Documentary Film Festival

This year’s festival runs from Sept. 3-8 and presents 68 films from 14 countries, four DOCTalk presentations and six special events. Information about all the films included in this year’s festival, special events and ticketing may be found at the Docutah website.

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