Minor Differences: Available for complimentary streaming at the PFC’s Virtual Screening Room
The People vs Agent Orange: Opening Friday, March 5
In shared commitment to encouraging understanding and engagement in rights issues, the Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival and the Pickford Film Center are pleased to partner in screening “The People vs Agent Orange,” a probing documentary of how the deadly chemicals of Agent Orange are being used on vegetation canopies in the Pacific Northwest, even after vast evidence of their continuing human and environmental devastation decades after the Vietnam war. On both sides of the Pacific, activism of people directly affected is inspirational.
The film opens on Friday, March 5. The BHRFF is providing free tickets for the first 100 people, through the PFC Virtual Screening Room www.pickfordfilmcenter.org (under “Coming soon,” until March 5).
The PFC link includes a trailer and detailed description (see below), as well as link to the film’s website https://www.thepeoplevsagentorange.com/ that includes a powerful discussion (with filmmakers and persons featured in the film or involved with veterans and community rights; see “About the Film: Panel Discussions”).
Two courageous women, one American and one Vietnamese, fight at great personal cost to stop the use of toxic agricultural chemicals and to hold a mammoth industry accountable for the 40-year cover-up of Agent Orange. The Agent Orange catastrophe did not end with the war in Vietnam. Today, all over the world, a primary component of that toxic herbicide controls weeds in farming, forestry, parks–even on children’s playgrounds. The chemical wreaks havoc on the human genome, causing deformed births and deadly cancers. After decades of struggle and tragic personal losses, two heroic women are leading a worldwide movement to end the plague and hold the manufacturers accountable. In France, Tran To Nga is suing the American chemical industry for poisoning her Vietnamese family. And in America, Carol Van Strum exposes the continuing use of toxic herbicides. Incriminating documents disappear. Activists and their children are threatened and die.