Every war has two sides. Loss doesn't choose just one. 
 

The 2 Sides Project is a 501c3 organization that connects
sons and daughters who lost fathers on opposite sides of the Vietnam War. 


Our first meetings brought six Americans face-to-face with more than 20 Vietnamese sons and daughters.
The story of what happened, and what we encountered in Vietnam, is featured in a documentary film that will
air on PBS stations nationwide in 2017-2018.


Now we want to help other sons and daughters make that important connection. 
There are many from the Vietnam/American War alone: an estimated 20,000 in the U.S. and 70,000 in Vietnam.
As wars continue around the world, more and more children will experience the same loss we did.
When they're ready, and with your support, we'd like to help them connect with the other side, too. 
 

 
Pham Van Hien with Susan Mitchell-Mattera, after the first 2 Sides Project meeting in Hanoi. Susan was sitting next to Mr. Hien and could see the muscles in his jaw tighten as it came his turn to talk. He said he had raised his children in his own home after spending early life in an orphanage.

Pham Van Hien with Susan Mitchell-Mattera, after the first 2 Sides Project meeting in Hanoi. Susan was sitting next to Mr. Hien and could see the muscles in his jaw tighten as it came his turn to talk. He said he had raised his children in his own home after spending early life in an orphanage.

The 2 Sides Project documentary follows the unforgettable journey of six Americans who lost fathers in the Vietnam War as they bridge the cultural, geographical and emotional divide between themselves and Vietnamese sons and daughters whose fathers died fighting for the opposite side. 

The 2 Sides Project documentary follows the unforgettable journey of six Americans who lost fathers in the Vietnam War as they bridge the cultural, geographical and emotional divide between themselves and Vietnamese sons and daughters whose fathers died fighting for the opposite side. 

 
 
Mike Burkett, whose father was killed on February 19, 1971 in Quang Ngai Province, listens to the Vietnamese side.  

Mike Burkett, whose father was killed on February 19, 1971 in Quang Ngai Province, listens to the Vietnamese side.
 

The West Coast premiere of The 2 Sides Project documentary was a blast! Filmmakers Nora Kubach and Anthony Istrico (center) celebrate along with some of the sons and daughters featured in the film.

The West Coast premiere of The 2 Sides Project documentary was a blast! Filmmakers Nora Kubach and Anthony Istrico (center) celebrate along with some of the sons and daughters featured in the film.

 

2 Sides Project Founder Margot Carlson Delogne talks about her life experiences and The 2 Sides Project documentary on WSRE’s Conversations with Jeff Weeks.

 

“Our work for peace must begin within the private world of each of us.” 
Dag Hammarskjöld, UN Secretary General 1953-1961