Documentary on Vietnam dioxin victims nominated for US award

By Lucy Nguyen, Thanh Nien News

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Philipp Abresch and 15-year old Long Thanh. Photo credit: Daserste Philipp Abresch and 15-year old Long Thanh. Photo credit: Daserste

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Long Thanh Wants to Smile, a German documentary about dioxin victims in Vietnam, has been nominated for this year Emmy Awards in the Current Affairs and News category.
The 28-minute documentary was made by Philipp Abresch, Singapore bureau chief of German broadcaster ARD.
It tells the story of people who were unprotected against Agent Orange, a highly toxic defoliant containing dioxin that was used by the US Army during the Vietnam War, which ended in 1975.
Forty years later, generations of Vietnamese still suffer from the aftereffects of the chemical, including 15-year-old Long Thanh. However, despite the challenges he faces, he manages to live life in an admirable way.
Some three million Vietnamese live with the effects of the herbicide.
The eight nominees for the award were from six countries -- Brazil, Germany, Malaysia, Qatar, Russia, UK, and Vietnam.
The winners will be announced September 21 at a ceremony in New York.

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