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Directed by:
Jacki Ochs, American, born 1951  Search this
Produced by:
Jacki Ochs, American, born 1951  Search this
Daniel Keller  Search this
Narrated by:
Max Gail, American, born 1943  Search this
Owned by:
D.C. Public Library, American, founded 1896  Search this
polyester film
Duration: 48 min.
Physical extent (film): 1725 ft
sound films
color films (visual works)
16mm (photographic film size)
Place used:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
Viet Nam, Asia
This film was a part of the Washington D.C. Public Library's circulating 16mm film collection housed at the Martin Luther King Jr. Central Library. The collection is particularly noted for the wide variety of African American and African diaspora content.
A documentary film with the title Vietnam: The Secret Agent. It consists of a single reel of color 16mm polyester film with bilateral variable-area optical sound.
By using archival footage of the Vietnam war, interviews with troops, scientists, doctors and archival footage from NBC and ABC television, the film shows the effects of the chemical herbicide dubbed Agent Orange (2, 4, 5-T) that was used as a defoliant over much of Vietnam's forests, killing enemy food supply, and damaging the domestic agricultural industry. The documentary also shows some of the resultant court proceedings; birth defects believed to be the effect of exposure to Agent Orange; veterans describing suffering from diseases such as chloracne; the psychological distress of the veterans; criticisms of the Veterans Affairs and United States government; as well as the hunger strike veterans engaged in.
African American  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Film  Search this
Health  Search this
Science  Search this
Vietnam War, 1961-1975  Search this
Violence  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions likely apply. Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
DC Public Library Film Collection
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture