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Oct 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm

RESIST, REFORM, REPEAT: Vietnam: The Secret Agent

Screening to be followed by discussion with Jacki Ochs

RESIST, REFORM, REPEAT: Vietnam, The Secret Agent is the second installment of our series: FROM THE VAULT: WOMEN’S ADVOCACY ON FILM, a program co-presented with Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) and New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT). In this program, we present nonfiction films that have shaped movements, provide perspectives on political, environmental, and human rights issues; and confront ideas around gender identity, gender roles, sexuality, health and family, all from a woman’s perspective. Following the program, we will host discussion around these explorations of story and truth, their innovative approaches to documentary filmmaking, and their subjects that continue to be relevant today to filmmakers, activists, and media consumers working to creatively affect change. The series is curated by WFPF Co-Chair Kirsten Larvick, with programming assistance from Ann Deborah Levy and Raquel Salazar-Foster.

In this second installment, we will showcase a Sundance special Jury winning film Vietnam: The Secret Agent. It was the first film, using now familiar archival footage, to examine the legacy of exposure to dioxin spray — better known as Agent Orange – used extensively during the Vietnam War. The film is an invaluable document that reflects on past and present US wartime involvement and treatment of veterans, sustained abuse to the environment, and the residual unresolved issues of the Vietnam War. The film includes scenes of a young Al Gore and the music of renowned protest singer, Country Joe McDonald. It has won the John Grierson Award for Best New Director at the American Film Festival and also received a Certificate of Merit from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Vietnam: The Secret Agent (dir. Jacki Ochs)

58 min., 1983

Vietnam: The Secret Agent delivers the authoritative account of the history and troubling legacy of Agent Orange. Like the herbicide itself, this work raises more questions than it answers, which is precisely the point.”- David Zierler, Ph.D., Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State.

58 min

Jacki Ochs’ directorial work has won many awards including New York Film Festival premiere, Sundance Special Jury Award, SXSW Film Festival’s Best Feature Documentary, John Grierson Award. She was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2001. She executive produced Emmy nominated Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (2005) by Keith Beauchamp which won the National Board of Review’s Freedom of Express Award and Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray (2016) by Kristi Zea. Jacki produced 9/12: From Chaos to Community (2006) with director Susanna Styron and they are currently launching Out of My Head a feature doc about the neurological disease migraine. Jacki is longtime Executive Director of Human Arts Association a media and arts not-for-profit sponsoring organization, and is Adjunct Professor at Pratt Institute’s Film and Video department.

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Oct 22, 2017
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Free – $10.00


352 Onderdonk Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385 United States
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