While in Vietnam many children are born deformed and disabled due to the toxic effects of Agent Orange* (cf synopsis), a retired Vietnamese woman doctor, Madame DIEU, has devoted her life to give these children some autonomy and to give their parents some hope .
At eighty years old, she is urgently seeking for a successor.
Every day Doctor Dieu, an 80-year-old Vietnamese physician, welcomes disabled children into her home where they receive individualized care (massages, physiotherapy) to gain mobility and a degree of independence. Ostracized by the Vietnamese society, these children are victims of a war that ended 50 years ago. They display congenital diseases resulting from the effects of the 80 million of litres of Agent Orange sprayed on Vietnam. A wounded veteran herself, Dr. Dieu has witnessed the pain and suffering of children who, to this day, are born with birth defects inherited from their parents and grandparents. The film focuses on Doctor Dieu’s struggle to improve the lives of these children while revealing the intertwined threads of her life, and the continuing impact of the Vietnam War on children.
Agent Orange*: this is the name given to a defoliant used by the US military between 1961 and 1971 to prevent the Vietnamese soldiers hiding in the forests. According to the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange ( the VAVA ), 4.8 million people were exposed to herbicides that have made 3 million victims including at least 150,000 children . Affected individuals suffer from skin diseases and many cancers of the organs and the nervous, respiratory and circulatory systems . They are now identified in the country .
Video training for the deaf victimes in Nha Trang (The project is awaiting funding.)
When I visited and filmed the Rehabilitation and Education Center for disabled Children in Nha Trang , Vietnam, the French association for Orange Blossom Hope, I offered to share my knowledge of the video tool with deaf adolescents in this institution. The staff has expressed the wish to be trained as well.
Documentary project, 45’/ 52′ / webdoc (in progress)
While a Native American Powwow brings thousands to the small city of Ornans, France, a group of local activists are desperately trying to raise awareness about the pollution of their river Loue. Two native women water-walkers and a shaman come to their rescue by offering a healing walk and ceremony along the river, to call the inhabitants to action.
Following my encounter with the young Canadian budding filmmaker Damon John Little , I created an association to help young Aboriginal filmmakers :
” Plumes et regards ” is an association whose purpose is writing , directing, production, promotion and distribution of solidarity documentaries (films and multimedia works ) on issues of Native American and indigenous peoples fighting for their existence : cultural preservation , language , and identity , environmental protection, land management , sustainable development, etc. It supports young Native American authors, artists and creators by the development of partnership projects ( crossed viewpoints , inter-cultural projects ) , offering a home to young writers , artists and creators in residence and skills transfer .
Shanan, a Paiute Indian woman in Southern Utah is fighting for the survival of her culture and the trampled rights of her Tribe .
When the sacred and historic lands of the Anasazi Valley are threatened by property developers, she decides on the occasion of her marriage to resuscitate a traditional Paiute ceremony, for her family, her friends and her Tribe. She wants to convey to Paiute children, hope, will, and courage to resist.
Lorin Hart is a singer-songwriter of Americana, Folk & Country, a blessed mother and grand-mother, and a Doula. Far from the commercial channels, she radiates in underground music circles in Los Angeles, a predatory city of souls. This joyful portrait of a mature american woman, grand-daughter of two silent film stars , and who has been accompanied by a few great musicians from Woodstock offers through the tale of her life, a story of humanity .
I met Lorin when I was studying Film at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
She has become a friend and some of her music is in my documentaries Red Apple Inside Out and Indians Like Us).
In Los Angeles underground musical scene, she has been known for years. She auto-produced her 3 CDs.
Her auto-description: “I’m an old girl with a passion for the gift of life. I was born and raised in New England and have 4 children. I am a songwriter and a Doula living in Southern California now for decades. My favorite singer songwriters are Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Annie Lennox and Dave Morrison.”