UPDATE: Linh Nga says 9669 Films updated information on the film’s release at the following:
“We’re still working with Amazon’s technicians to solve the issues with publishing the project on the site,” Nga adds. “I will keep you posted.”
ORIGINAL POST: Inside This Peace, a documentary short on a young Vietnamese woman’s struggles with birth defects she blames on her father’s exposure to Agent Orange, is being released Saturday, which is appropriate as Aug. 10 has been designated Agent Orange Day.
The aim is to draw awareness to the herbicide the U.S. government first sprayed across Vietnam on Aug. 10, 1961. The goal of the operation, which also covered parts of Cambodia and Laos, was to kill trees and crops that provided forest cover and food sources to Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War. An unintended consequence was the chemical has since been linked to rashes, cancer, birth defects and severe psychological and neurological problems not only among 4 million Vietnamese, but also U.S. servicemen and the offspring of both.
Thoa Nguyen, the main subject of Inside This Peace and a friend since childhood with Orange County filmmaker Lina Linh Nga, was born in 1985 with lumps, black patches and prickly hairs all over her. She attributes her condition to her father’s exposure to Agent Orange in Cambodia long after U.S. troops left the region.
Nga’s documentary is being released Saturday on DVD and streaming services such as Amazon. You can also see the full film on websites associated with Inside This Peace that had previously only shared its trailer, including:
Nga says proceeds from platforms that charge to see the film will be donated to Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign (Hội Nạn nhân chất độc da cam/dioxin Việt Nam, VAVA).
Meanwhile, Inside This Peace was nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the Action On Film International Film Festival (AOF 2019) on July 24 and was named Best Feature Documentary at the California Women’s Film Festival in January and an Award of Merit recipient at the Impact DOCs Awards in July.
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