The Agent Orange catastrophe did not end with the war in Vietnam. Today, all over the world, a primary component of that toxic herbicide controls weeds in farming, forestry, parks–even on children’s playgrounds. The chemical wreaks havoc on the human genome, causing deformed births and deadly cancers.
After decades of struggle and tragic personal losses, two heroic women are leading a worldwide movement to end the plague and hold the manufacturers accountable.
In France, Tran To Nga is suing the American chemical industry for poisoning her Vietnamese family. And in America, Carol Van Strum exposes the continuing use of toxic herbicides.
Incriminating documents disappear. Activists and their children are threatened and die. A helicopter technician secretly films the contamination of reservoirs, while a massive industrial cover-up continues.
A documentary film director and editor, Taverna has edited more than 50 independent as well as broadcast documentary films over a career spanning more than 35 years for PBS Great Performances, American Masters, Wide Angle, Art21, HBO, A&E, ARTE France/Germany, and BBC Bookmark. “Asylum”(2004) and “Killing in the Name” (2011) were both Academy Award nominees in the Best Short Documentary category. “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” won Best Documentary at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. The 2014 feature doc “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” won the audience award at the Boston Independent Film Festival, and streams on Netflix internationally in 22 languages. She has edited PBS documentaries which have won Emmy awards. Co-directing and producing with Alan Adelson, Taverna edited the 2012 feature documentary “In Bed with Ulysses”, which had a nationwide theatrical run; the 2006 broadcast “Deux Villages au Kosovo” for ARTE, as well as the 1989 now classic “Lodz Ghetto,“ an award-winning feature documentary which screened at Sundance, Berlin, Yamagata, and festivals throughout the world, was theatrically released nationally, aired on PBS, and continues to be broadcast and distributed internationally.
Alan Adelson works actively in both film and print, producing, directing and writing documentary films, and writing, editing, agenting and publishing books and magazine articles. Adelson’s fiction and investigative non-fiction have appeared in many leading magazines including The New Yorker and Esquire. His investigative journalism, as a page one writer for the Wall Street Journal, was nominated for the Meyer Berger Award for Distinguished Reporting. Adelson made worldwide headlines with his articles revealing the disappearance of enriched plutonium from the nuclear reprocessing plant where Karen Silkwood worked. His film and television credits as a director, writer and producer include: “Two Villages in Kosovo,” commissioned by ARTE France/Germany and broadcast throughout Europe; “In Bed with Ulysses,” a 2012 nationwide theatrical release; And “Lodz Ghetto,” short-listed for Best Feature Length Documentary Academy Award, Winner of the International Critics Prize 1989, and Best First Film Award at the Leipzig 32nd Film Festival, released theatrically nationwide and broadcast internationally on PBS, Sundance Channel, Channel 4, ARD, Canal Plus and in six other countries.