Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Documentary about Vietnamese Agent Orange victim nominated for Oscar

A documentary about a Vietnamese boy battling disabilities caused by Agent Orange is a nominee for the Best Documentary – Short Subject at the 88th Oscar Awards in the US.
“Chau, Beyond the Lines” shows the effects of Agent Orange, a defoliant sprayed by the US over Vietnam’s jungles during the war to deprive Vietnamese soldiers of cover.
Le Minh Chau, 25, suffers a rare disability in his arms and legs allegedly caused by his mother drinking water from a dioxin-contaminated river before he was born.
He grew up in a peace camp until the age of 17 and is now an artist in Ho Chi Minh City, living on his own.
The 33-minute documentary, directed by Courtney Marsh and produced by Jerry Franck and Marsh, was filmed over eight years.
It won the Best Documentary Short Film at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in the US last November.
The 88th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 28 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

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