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By Suzanne Forcese

Award-Winning Documentary Features Active Participant In Community Rights And Rights of Nature

The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) is sponsoring screenings of The People vs Agent Orange ahead of the premier on PBS (summer 2021).

Directed by Kate Taverna and Alan Adelson, the film features Carol Van Strum, an active participant in Community Rights and Rights of Nature organizing in Oregon. She is the human spokesperson for the Siletz River watershed in active litigation coming out of a challenge to the aerial spray ban Lincoln County enacted in 2017.

“We have the right to defend ourselves from being poisoned,” Carol Van Strum says in the film.

Kate Taverna (Co-Director) and Carol Van Strum ( Human Spokesperson for the Siletz River Watershed)

That law, successfully banned aerial pesticide spraying for two years and recognized the rights of local ecosystems. “During our many years of investigative filmmaking, Community Rights and Rights of Nature emerged as a primary hope amidst a half-century of catastrophe,” says Alan Adelson, co-director of The People vs Agent Orange.

The film follows women-led resistance to the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, and its use in Oregon, following the war. The film tells a story of the inhumane war economy, and it’s homecoming through the pesticide industry. The viewer witnesses intimate behind-the-scenes access to grassroots resistance in Oregon and Vietnam, and gut-wrenching first-person accounts of sacrifice and resolve.

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