The GI Film Festival San Diego opens Wednesday with the West Coast Premiere of “The 2 Sides Project,” a full-length documentary about the journeys of six Americans and six Vietnamese whose fathers died in the Vietnam War.

The award-winning documentary follows six U.S. sons and daughters as they discover a country and six other people with whom they share a common history. The film brings to light the aftermath of the Vietnam War and how it not only affected those on the battlefield, but also those waiting for their loved ones to return home.

The third annual festival begins with a screening of the award-winning documentary at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

During the five-day festival, a total of 33 films will be shown. Highlights each day include:

  • Thursday, Oct. 19 — The festival comes to North County with screenings at the Regal Carlsbad 12 and the local premiere of “Thank You for Your Service,” which opens nationwide on Oct. 27
  • Friday, Oct. 20 — A special screening of “Wonder Woman” on the flight deck of the USS Midway
  • Saturday, Oct. 21 – A total of 18 films, many local, will be screened at AMC Mission Valley 20
  • Sunday, Oct. 22 — The festival concludes with “Remembering the Vietnam War,” “Tour the Festival,” and “How We Heal” film blocks at AMC Mission Valley 20

The festival is organized by KPBS in partnership with the GI Film Group and Film Consortium San Diego.

It is one of only a few festivals in the United States to exclusively feature stories for, by, and about military service members and veterans.

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