Documentary about Vietnam Agent Orange victim shortlisted for Oscar

By Dang Hanh, Thanh Nien News

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A still photo taken from the short-documentary film "Chau, beyond the lines". Photo courtesy of Courtney Marsh A still photo taken from the short-documentary film "Chau, beyond the lines". Photo courtesy of Courtney Marsh

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An American short documentary about a Vietnamese boy with disabilities caused by Agent Orange has been shortlisted for an Oscar. 
"Chau, Beyond the Lines" will compete with nine other entries in the Documentary Short Subject category of the 88th Academy Awards. The final five nominations will be announced on January 14. 
The documentary shows the effects of Agent Orange, a chemical sprayed over the Vietnam jungles during the Vietnam War by the US to deprive the Vietnamese soldiers of their food and cover.
After 20 years of war, Chau, a teenager living in a peace camp, is disabled by the effect of chemicals. With a rare disability in his arms and legs, he battles with the reality of his dream to one day become a professional clothing designer.
The 33-minute documentary, directed by Courtney Marsh and produced by Jerry Franck and Marsh, has its filming extended over eight years.
“We have over 100 signed letters addressed to Congress encouraging the cleanup of Agent Orange in Vietnam. Thanks to everyone. It truly makes a difference,” said director Courtney Marsh on her Facebook timeline last week.
The film’s latest award was the Best Documentary Short Film at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in November.
The 88th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will take place on February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

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