Free Film Screening- A Permanent Mark
July 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
A Permanent Mark: Agent Orange in America and Vietnam is a feature-length documentary directed by Holly Million that integrates the story of Americans exposed to Agent Orange with the story of Vietnamese people also exposed to the herbicide.
Millions of people were affected by decisions made by the U.S. government and key industrial players to manufacture and use Agent Orange as a tool of the Vietnam War. Those affected were left with little recourse to prove the cause of their injuries or to receive just compensation for them. Forty years later, Americans and Vietnamese alike are still wrestling with the results of their exposure, mostly with little government or public support. Largely, the public does not know this history, or they believe that Agent Orange is only a chapter in our country’s past, not something that continues to haunt living Americans — as well as Vietnamese citizens — even today. It is time to raise public awareness of the ongoing struggles of American veterans who are sick and dying because of their service to our country and their exposure to a toxic herbicide during that service. It is also time to show the public the agonizing struggles of the Vietnamese people, whose exposure was orders of magnitude greater. And it is time for the public to have a direct dialogue with government and industry about how we should use science and technology going forward. A Permanent Mark will be a tool to stimulate awareness, dialogue, and action around these issues.