Documentary shows deadly impact of Agent Orange
Published Jun 15, 2007 7:17 PM
The theater in New York’s Greenwich Village was filled, both with an
audience of 150 people and a searing indictment of the chemical catastrophe
afflicting generations of Vietnamese because their country stood up to the
United States and defeated it in 1975.
That indictment was the June 11 showing of “The Last Ghost of War”
documentary. Shot in the United States, Vietnam and France, the film details
the legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam.
From 1962 to 1971, the United States sprayed millions of gallons of Agent
Orange and other defoliants on the southern part of Vietnam as part of its
effort to derail the struggle of the Vietnamese people.
Agent Orange was contaminated with dioxin, one of the most deadly industrial
byproducts ever created. As actor and activist Vinie Burroughs put it in a talk
before the movie showing, “This spraying let the big corporations and the
fat cats grow fatter, while people died and suffered.”
Trinh Bui, a Vietnamese woman active in supporting the Vietnamese
people’s lawsuit against the chemical companies that produced Agent
Orange, and Sara Flounders of the International Action Center co-chaired the
After the film was shown, David Kline of Veterans for Peace, Constantin
Kokkoris, an attorney for the lawsuit’s appeal, and the film’s
producers Pham Quoc Thai and Janet Gardner led a panel discussion.
—Report and photo by G. Dunkel
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