by Jacki Ochs and Daniel Keller, a co-production of Human Arts Association and Green Mountain Post Films
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The terror and dangers of chemical and biological weapons have never been greater than they are today. Their pivotal use in modern times was during the war in Viet Nam. Agent Orange, sprayed over Viet Nam to demolish jungles, as well as in the United States to control weeds, contained a powerful deadly contaminant — dioxin.
Using striking archival and war footage, interviews with veterans, scientists, attorneys, the V.A., and Dow Chemical Company, The Secret Agent documents the extraordinary history of chemical warfare and agricultural herbicides, the effects on our environment, the plight of all those exposed, and the tragic legacy of the American spray program.
This film is a co-production between Human Arts Association and Green Mountain Post Films.
Jacki Ochs' award-winning documentary The Secret Agent received the Special Jury Prize from the Sundance Film Festival and premiered at the New York Film Festival, among many other honors. Her film Letters Not About Love, based on a correspondence between a Russian and American poet, received Best Documentary Feature from the SXSW Film Festival and Visionary Artist Award from Huntington International Film Festival. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Most recently Jacki Executive produced the award winning Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till and produced 9/12: From Chaos to Community. Her work has been broadcast worldwide.