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The People vs. Agent Orange | Independent Lens

Crowd of people in orange shirts marching and being pushed in wheelchairs by other marchers
Courtesy of Scott Sinkler
Tran To Nga marches with Agent Orange victims, families and supporters in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Mon. Jun. 28 at 10pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | Two women fight to hold the chemical industry accountable for a devastating legacy.Nearly 60 years following the use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War—the deadliest use of chemicals in the history of warfare—toxins associated with the herbicide continue to cause devastation in Vietnam and at home in America, where the chemical defoliant was used by the U.S. Forest Service as well as the commercial timber industry. From filmmakers Alan Adelson and Kate Taverna, The People vs. Agent Orange closely follows two women activists as they take on the chemical industry and demand accountability for the devastating legacy caused by the use of this poisonous herbicide.

Follow Vietnamese activist Tran To Nga, who, in a French court, is suing the American chemical industry for poisoning her and her family in Vietnam. In Oregon, Carol Van Strum battles to stop the ongoing spraying of toxins by the timber industry.

Watch the special at video.wkar.org during or after the premiere date.

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