Lighter than Orange

Between 1962–1971 the United States military sprayed an estimated 75 million litres of Agent Orange and other herbicides over the area of South Vietnam. The military aimed at destroying the jungle that gave protection to the guerillas as well as their farmland. Millions of Vietnamese were exposed to the carcinogenic byproduct of Agent Orange, dioxin.

The heritage of the war has been passed on to the next generation – the veterans’ children and grandchildren suffer from incurable illnesses and malformations. The story of Há Ngọc Phúc is one among countless others:

“After I returned from the war, we had a child every year. But our children didn’t turn out as real humans. One had a head and an arm, but the rest of it looked like a tangled up fetus. It breathed for a moment and died. Next year the same happened again. That’s when we decided not to have any more children.”

This beautifully constructed documentary by Matthias Leupold sheds light on the most questionable operation of the Vietnam War through human destinies. It has been almost 40 years since the war ended but Agent Orange keeps on killing.

Text: Mikko Raatikainen / Translation: Anniina Hautakoski

Director Matthias Leupold will be present at the screening.



  • Director: Matthias Leupold
  • Country: Germany
  • Year: 2014
  • Length: 72 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Armin Dierolf
  • Editing: Nina Mühlenkamp, Thomas Rimbot
  • Audio: Manja Ebert
  • Music: Marie Séférian
  • Production: Matthias Leupold, Leupold Filmproduction Berlin


  • Kinopalatsi 7: Sunday 1.2. at 19:00