Historically, Agent Orange (herbicides 2,4-D, 2,4,5-T and TCCD) has been associated with war, but the industrial and domestic use of the chemical is a story that has yet to reach the masses, until now. Orange Witness documents the marginalized voices of people from not only Vietnam, but Canada, The United States and New Zealand as well, whose lives have been changed after being exposed to Agent Orange. Eyewitnesses speak of the long term impact that the use of Agent Orange has had on their health and the environment where they live. As the story unfolds the enormity of the issues and blatant inaction of governments is evident.
Orange Witness is edited by Maureen Grant (Yonge St. Stories) and Directed by Andrew Nisker, the award winning producer and director of Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home (Sundance Channel, CBC, TVO, TF1) and Chemerical – Redefining Clean For a New Generation (Super Channel, CBC, TF1, Netflix).
There is a very significant timeline that is presented in this film that shows our complete ignorance to the detrimental consequences of the mass use of herbicides in the past to the very dark horrors of the souls this chemical has claimed.
The folks at Take Action Films, those responsible for Orange Witness, should be acknowledged as leaders in exploring the extent of use of Agent Orange and its component herbicides world-wide. Their research has uncovered previously unknown use of the mixture in New Zealand, Canada and the U.S.
-Cliff Glaviano, Educational Media Reviews Online
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