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Kansas Screenwriter Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee Take On The Black Experience Of The Vietnam War

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Six men sit on a boat floating in a muddy river.
David Lee
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Kevin Willmott surrounded by equipment

"Da Five Bloods" focuses on the journey of five Black veterans. Though they returned home from the war with their lives, they were met with discrimination and racism.

The searing portrait of the experiences of Black soldiers in Vietnam addresses a history of discrimination relevant today. "African American soldiers have always fought for rights they didn't have," Willmott explained.

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