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“Written and presented by Peter Elliott, Jungle Rain is the story of New Zealand Vietnam veterans and their families.

Almost a quarter of the young New Zealanders who went to Vietnam are now dead, and the average life span they "enjoyed" was just 51 years and seven months. Filmed and presented in part in Vietnam, Jungle Rain shows the impact of dioxin poisoning, from Agent Orange, and the legacy of the Vietnam War. Forty years on, New Zealand veterans are still seeking full recognition of the effects of Agent Orange on them and their children. The documentary charts the lengthy campaign that American, Australian and New Zealand soldiers have gone through to secure this recognition. Producer and director Steven Orsbourn says it took nearly four years of planning and permission to tell the story of New Zealand Vietnam veterans and their families.” TVNZ; tvnz.co.nz; 03/05/2006

Also contains images of the damage done to the Vietnamese decades on such as continuing birth defects due to the mutating affect on DNA by Agent Orange. It also provides testaments from the manufacturers of the agents in which they state they were aware of the toxins before they started making them for the US Military.

Interviews: Major John Masters, Lance Bombardier Bloodnut Edwards, Lance Bombardier Ian Trott, Warrant Officer David Roberts, Lachlan Irvine, Corporal Ray Seymour, Lance Bombardier Rion Gallagher, Catherine Mary Browne.

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Year 2006

Reference number F91697

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image


Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Television

Duration 1:00:00

Production company Oxygen Television

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Credits Presenter: Peter Elliott
Director of Photography: Steven Orsbourn
Director: Steven Orsbourn
Producer: Steven Orsbourn
Editor: Paul Anderson
Writer: Peter Elliott
Researcher: Peter Elliott

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