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Documentary on Agent Orange victims wins top prize in NY

Update: June, 24/2013 - 14:18

NEW YORK (VNS)– A documentary about Vietnamese Agent Orange victims in Ho Chi Minh City won the top prize in the Best Feature Documentary Film category at the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF), which ended on Friday.

The Tale of An Phuc House, produced by Canada's Babel Entertainment in association with Viet Nam's Crea-TV, was one of five documentaries nominated for the award.

Other contenders include three American films: Girl Rising; Jihad in America: Grand Deception; and The Gun, the Cake and the Butterfly, with German-American film My German Children rounding up the shortlist.

The Tale of An Phuc House, which has a running time of 91-minutes, is the work of Bulgarian Canadian director Ivan Tankushev, whose wife is Vietnamese. He filmed the documentary between 2011 and 2013.

It is an objective portrayal of the lives led by twenty exceptional young adults – all of them Agent Orange victims living in An Phuc House near HCM City.

The house was founded in 2006 with the intention of creating jobs and providing accommodation for those physically disabled by Agent Orange.

The documentary is a story of hope, and focuses on the residents' attitudes of compassion, dignity, happiness and love. – VNS

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