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CELDF Sponsors Nationwide Screenings of New Award-Winning Documentary ‘The People vs. Agent Orange’

The new award-winning documentary “The People vs. Agent Orange” is now screening in theaters near you! The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund is proud to sponsor limited nationwide screenings ahead of the national premiere on PBS, forthcoming in summer 2021. CELDF is sponsoring screenings in California, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. (Details below.)

The inspiring and enraging 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 its 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. The film, directed by Kate Taverna and Alan Adelson, features Carol Van Strum, an active participant in Community Rights and Rights of Nature organizing in Oregon.

As part of her activism, Van Strum has supported lawmaking efforts in Lincoln County, Oregon to ban aerial spraying and recognize the rights of ecosystems. 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. That law, drafted with help from CELDF, successfully banned aerial pesticide spraying for two years and recognized the rights of local ecosystems. (CELDF recently briefed that case for the Oregon appeals court.)

“During our many years of investigative filmmaking, community rights and Rights of Nature emerged as a primary hope amidst a half-century of catastrophe. Carol Van Strum says in the film: ‘We have the right to defend ourselves from being poisoned.’ But that right has been grabbed away from communities by heavily-lobbied state legislatures and state ‘preemption.’ We could not find a more appropriate sponsor to present ‘The People vs. Agent Orange’ than CELDF,” says Alan Adelson, producer/director of “The People vs. Agent Orange.”

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CALIFORNIA
San Francisco
VOGUE THEATER
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San Francisco
BALBOA THEATER
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FLORIDA
Key West
Tropical Cinema
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Tallahassee
Tallahassee Film Society
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Sarasota
Burns Court Cinema
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Miami
O Cinema
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Tampa
TAMPA THEATER
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KANSAS
Salinas
SALINAS ART CENTER
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Wichita
TALLGRASS FILM ASSOCIATION
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MAINE

Rockland
STRAND THEATER
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MASSACHUSETTS
Worcester
CINEMA WORCESTER
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Dennis
CAPE CINEMA
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MISSOURI
Kansas City
FINE ARTS THEATER
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NEW HAMPSHIRE

Concord
RED RIVER THEATERS
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NEW YORK
New York City
NEW PLAZA
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Bedford
BEDFORD PLAYHOUSE
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Patchogue
PLAZA CINEMA
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New York City
Maysles Cinema (Feb. 19 – March 17)
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Newburgh
DOWNING CENTER
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Pelham
PICTURE HOUSE
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OHIO
Dayton
NEON
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Cleveland
Cleveland Cinematheque
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OREGON
Lincoln City
BIJOU
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Portland
HOLLYWOOD Theater
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Florence
CITY LIGHTS
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Portland
Clinton Street
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VERMONT

Montpelier
Savoy
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VIRGINIA

Roanoke
Grandin Theatre
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WASHINGTON
Tacoma
GRAND CINEMA
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Visit the documentary film’s website to learn about more forthcoming screenings

The People Vs Agent Orange

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