'Living the Silent Spring' is a documentary filmed by Masako Sakata. Maskao is the widow of a Vietnam veteran exposed to Agent Orange and award winning filmmaker. A couple of years ago Masako joined our support community.
Masako told me she wanted to film a documentary of the children of Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange in the U.S. Masako also told me she had all but given up on making such a film. She did not believe it would be possible because the U.S. is so very large. Thus making it next to impossible to find the children of Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange.
As a result of my husband's death and my daughter's life long health problems I had set out to find the children of Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange in 2007. By the time Masako and I had met approximately 350 children of Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange had already found us and joined our support community.
Agent Orange Legacy collaborated on this film. Myself and many of our members also participated in the filming. I hope everyone can view it online soon.
This is how I came to understand why my work and the support community, I had built, were so very important and made this film possible.
The film has been viewed in Japan and France but has not been seen in the U.S. I hope that the film will be viewed in the U.S. because our stories need to be told.
Our fellow countrymen and women need to understand that the consequences of war are far reaching, are still affecting our families and how the war in Vietnam has left it's mark on the innocent lives of our children and grandchildren who bear the burden of a war that happened before they were born.
Written by Sharon L. Perry, Founder of Agent Orange Legacy (c)