About The Secret War

The videos listed below help provide the historical context for the Secret War in Laos and its impact on those who lived through or witnessed the events following the U.S. withdrawal from the Vietnam War. If you have additional videos to add to the collection, please contact Erica Swift and Kathleen Watt, Project Coordinators.

  • Hmong Role in the Secret War – This video was edited by Xiong Vang of MN. With his permission it was played at the “Celebrate with Steve Ly” Event (Elk Grove, CA). This clip was shown to promote the compliance of CA schools and AB 78.
  • Laos: The Not So Secret War (1970) – From the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) website, “this film is a Columbia Broadcasting Service (CBS) exploration of the history of the “secret” war in Laos, the Central Intelligence Agency’s involvement in the war, and U.S foreign policy toward the country.”
  • Moving Mountains: The Story of the Yiu Mien – The Yiu Mien’s involvement in the Vietnam War forced this Laotian mountain tribe to flee its homeland. This film is an intimate look at these Asian refugees who originally settled in the Pacific Northwest. Through the words of elders, and rare archival footage of the Mien in their mountain homeland, their ancient culture is brought to light. Past and present are interwoven, revealing complex realities of Americanization as seen through the eyes of the Mien. Click here to preview 1-minute Moving Mountains movie trailer.
  • The Untold Story Of The CIA’s War In Laos | America’s Secret War – Timeline World History Network – History Hit Network – Lisa Blackstone, Director, Producer, Writer, Editor.
  • The Hmong and the Secret War – From PBS, the documentary explores questions about the Secret War in Laos and the circumstances that brought the Hmong to America.