Vietnam: The Secret Agent

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About the Film

1984. USA. Producer/Director Jacki Ochs, Producer/Editor Daniel Keller, Associate Producer Charles Light, original score by Country Joe McDonald, narrated by Max Gail

Indie Connect

Introducing the new 4K restoration by IndieCollect, funded by the HFPA Trust and IndieCollect donors to the Jane Fonda Fund for Women Directors


As soldiers return from new wars plagued by illness, disability, and post-traumatic stress; as government leadership fails and fresh environmental catastrophes evoke debate about corporate accountability; it is essential to illuminate struggles and lessons from the past.

Veterans exposed during the Vietnam war to Agent Orange/dioxin, who seek treatment for their children and themselves, are the principal subjects of this gripping documentary — an unsparing look at chemical warfare, herbicides, toxic waste, and the fraught yet enduring military-industrial complex.

Every issue raised in this historic film continues to resonate today.

New York Film Festival World Premiere 1983 International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg 1983 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize 1984 John Grierson Award American Film Festival Best New Director 1984 MoMa International Film Festival 2008


… excellent … a tough, angry look at the consequences of exposure to Agent Orange … a chilling issue that is effectively addressed here.

The New York Times

… a scrupulously researched, even-handed expose about dioxin and its use (or, rather, abuse) in Vietnam.

L.A. Herald Examiner

… one of the year's most terrifying horror films!

Boston Globe

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Dead Mangrove Forest, Vietnam

Dead Mangrove Forest, Vietnam

Times Beach, Missouri kids hold sign that says Doomed Without Your Help

Times Beach, MO kids

Toxic Waste Clean-up, Men in Hazmat Suits

Toxic Waste Clean-up

Helicopter spraying

Helicopter Spraying

VTSA Film Slate

VTSA Film Slate


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Agent Orange Timeline

The Agent Orange historic timeline, available for download, describes principal national and international judicial, legislative and scientific events that have occurred since the 1984 release of Vietnam: The Secret Agent up to 2022. It is an excellent study tool to use when screening the film.

Agent Orange/Dioxin Timeline 1983-2022