UN to screen film on Agent Orange victim

A documentary featuring a young victim of Agent Orange, by director Courtney Marsh, will be screened shortly at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Titled “Chau, Beyond the Lines”, the documentary explores how Le Minh Chau realised his dream despite being born with birth defects due to Agent Orange.

Growing up in Hoa Binh Children’s Village in Ho Chi Minh City, Chau’s movement was restricted due to the effects of the chemical, and he was only able to move on his knees. Despite the physical difficulties he became a successful painter, and now conducts drawing classes for both children and adults at his home.

The documentary was among the five nominees in the short documentary category at the 2016 Oscar.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the UN Nguyen Phuong Nga, director Courtney Marsh and protagonist Le Minh Chau will attend the screening on June 15 and attend a Q&A session with the audience.

Entry to the screening will be free at the headquarters and traditional Vietnamese food will be served at the end of the event.

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