Kenneth Herrmann, along with several of his students from SUNY Brockport, are part of a film on post-war Vietnam that will air at an upcoming festival in Beijing. That film, Going Back, is about "three vets who returned to Vietnam to do humanitarian work," including Herrmann, who is from East Pembroke.
The film includes interviews with Herrmann and in-depth coverage of the Brockport students who are filmed saving the life of a very sick and disabled child, serving lepers at the leper colony in Da Nang Province, assisting the elderly in a nursing home, and engaging 30 disabled kids at a respite programme for Agent Orange disabled children.
The theme, says Herrmann, is one of enhanced Buddhism - making peace with yourself in order to make peace with the war.
"Herrmann's work differs from that of others in that he engages in direct aid," said Steven Emmanuel, the film's producer and a professor of philosophy at Virginia Wesleyan University. "He and his students form a personal connection with the people they serve. We tried to show this in the film."
I worked with Mr. Herrmann
I worked with Mr. Herrmann quite a few years ago when I worked for an attorney in town. He was counselling one of our clients who had suffered a terrible loss. I doubt that she could have made it without him. He is an amazing man.