$15 (*Film Block)

Documentary Short

57 Minutes

Alabama Public Television

On July 18, 1965, U.S. Navy Commander Jeremiah Denton took off from the aircraft carrier USS Independence leading a 28-plane mission over the city of Thanh Hoa in North Vietnam. Denton’s plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire during the attack, and for the next eight long years, he would battle the North Vietnamese as a prisoner of war in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. As the senior American officer at the prison, Denton was forced by the North Vietnamese to participate in a press conference and told he must say the POWs were being treated well. Looking haggard, weak and beaten from the severe punishment he had undergone, Denton took advantage of that opportunity however, to send a secret message home, blinking out the letters T-O-R-T-U-R-E in Morse code. In this new APT original film, JEREMIAH, family, friends, and fellow POWs help tell the story of this American hero who led the way for prisoners in Hanoi and returned from Vietnam to become a U.S. senator from Alabama.

Mark Fastoso – Director

Mark Fastoso is a multiple Emmy® award-winning producer with more than fifteen years experience working for PBS. He holds a master’s degree in history as well as a degree in fine arts. This has given him a unique perspective on creating compelling programming on historical subjects. Currently, he is working to produce a documentary which will offer a new perspective on George Washington for a 21st-century audience. 

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