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  • Andy Nguyen

A touching moment with Agent Orange victims

It was a great pleasure for filming in Vietnam's team to have the opportunity to work closely with strong and resilient people who were exposed to agent orange from their father who served during Vietnam world.

We assisted Xtreme Media filming crew in filming a documentary named "Touch of Hope" in Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang. We visited the house of a veteran in Cu Chi district, Ho Chi Minh city. Veteran Tran Van Don stays in this house with his blind-at-birth daughter Hang and his son-in-law Truong. His wife passed away three years ago. It was sad that Agent Orange has passed to the third generation of his family. His granddaughter, Nguyen was also exposed to Agent Orange. Nguyen now is 10 years old and she is blind at birth as her mother.

Agent Orange is now debilitating the health of Mr.Don seriously. He suffers from heart illness and pain in his bones and joints. Truong is the only one who is in the normal condition of health in this family. He is the source of light for his wife and daughter. During the interviews with Truong, Hang, we found out that they are very strong and resilient people. We saw hope in their eyes.

Filming in Vietnam with crew from Xtreme Media filmed a sequence at an AO victim's home in Cu Chi, Ho Chi Minh City
Hang and her daughter, Nguyen (lying on the bed) at home

In Ho Chi Minh city, there is a village where handicapped, orphan and deformed children have been looked after. Some of them are victims of Agent Orange/dioxin. From Peace Village, many children who were exposed to AO grew up and achieved success in their lives especially in the field of art, swimming, singing... We highly appreciate doctors, nurses and all staffs working at this village

Filming in Vietnam arranged the shoot at Peace Village, Tu Du hospital for Xtreme Media
Peace village, Tu Du hospital, currently houses over sixty Vietnamese Agent Orange victims under age fifteen
Filming in Vietnam and crew from Xtreme Media filmed Le Minh Chau artist at Peace village, Tu Du hospital
Le Minh Chau came back to Peace village, Tu Du hospital to encourage other AO victims

One of AO victims grew up at Peace Village. His passion for drawing has been nursed at the Peace Village and now he has obtained achievement in painting. He is Le Minh Chau. He suffered serious deformities of his legs, arms but he uses his mouth to draw amazing paintings.

Filming in Vietnam organized the shoot at Le Minh Chau's home for Xtreme Media
Artist Le Minh Chau painted by holding the paintbrush in his mouth

Leaving Ho Chi Minh city, we flew to Danang to visit Phuong who was also exposed to AO from his father. Now Phuong is working at Danang Center for Supporting AO Victims and Disadvantaged Children. Phuong suffered from deformity of his height. He is only 90cm high but luckily his intellect is quite normal. He can walk, drive a motorbike and work to earn his living. Now he is staying at a small house with his younger sister who was also exposed to AO and has a deformity in her height as her brother.

Filming in Vietnam assisted Xtreme Media crew to film at Phuong's home in Da Nang
Phuong lives with his younger sister and nephew in Da Nang City

They are AO victims and suffered from health problem as well as discrimination in job opportunity and even in daily life in this way or that way. But they are very strong, resilient and optimistic to overcome all difficulties in their lives to prove that they are not a burden for family or society.

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