LIGHTER THAN ORANGE: THE LEGACY OF DIOXIN IN VIETNAM

By Matthias LEUPOLD

SQUARE MANGO FILMS - as PROD / FEST

Social issues - Completed 2014

North Vietnamese veterans tell about their memories of the war, Agent Orange, and the struggles they have faced as a consequence of both.

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& Awards

SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York 2015
Grand Prize - Best Documentary Feature
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Social issues, Documentary
    • Countries
    • GERMANY, VIETNAM
    • Languages
    • VIETNAMESE, ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 62 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Matthias LEUPOLD
    • Synopsis
    • In the 1960s, the US air force sprayed millions of liters of Agent Orange, Agent White, Agent Green and other defoliants from airplanes and helicopters over large areas of Vietnamese jungle and upon the humans, animals and plants that inhabited them. This was intended to clear the foliage from the trees in order to better see the enemy combatants. However, it wound up destroying civilian agriculture needed to feed the population, and corroding the bodies of soldiers and innocent civilians upon impact and for years to come. As exposure to the dioxin-based herbicide would later be shown to mutate a person‘s genetic code.
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