In February 2012, Documentary Arts Asia hosted the first Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival. CDAF'12 is an annual festival bringing together documentary photographers and filmmakers in northern Thailand and presented nine photo exhibitions, three days of workshops and three nights of film screenings showcasing work from some of the finest documentary artists working in Asia. In collaboration with DEVELOP Photo the three day event is now accessible online.
Documentary Arts Asia is a non-profit organization which works primarily in photography and film, but also audio and narrative writing, to tell the stories from Asia that need to be heard.
The Leaves Keep Falling by Ed Kashi and Talking Eyes Media: During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed some 12 million gallons of Agent Orange herbicide over Vietnam. This defoliant was used to immediately destroy crops, clear vegetation, and remove the dense forest that provided food and cover for Viet Cong forces. At least 4.5 million Vietnamese, and 2.5 million American veterans, may have been exposed to the herbicide. Although the spraying ended 40 years ago, the dioxin from Agent Orange is still wreaking havoc on three generations of victims.
The Leaves Keep Falling is an intimate portrait of two Vietnamese families whose children are severely disabled due to exposure to the dioxin in Agent Orange. They are among millions of people who continue to suffer the devastating health and environmental consequences of the herbicide. The film takes place outside the city of Da Nang, a “hotspot” where dioxin levels are more than 385 times acceptable levels. Witness the day-to-day struggles of caring for victims of a war that won’t seem to end.
Talking Eyes Media
Produced & Edited by Julie Winokur
Video by Ed Kashi
Stills by Catherine Karnow & Ed Kashi
Children of Vietnam
The Ford Foundation
Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin
Vietnam Reporting Project
Agent Orange Record
The Aspen Institute US-Vietnam Dialogue and Exchange Initiative on Agent Orange/Dioxin
Make Agent Orange History
War Legacies Project
Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political
issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of
his work. As a member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its
compelling rendering of the human condition.
“I take on issues that stir my passions about the state of humanity and our world, and I deeply believe in the
power of still images to change people’s minds. I’m driven by this fact; that the work of photojournalists
and documentary photographers can have a positive impact on the world. The access people give to their
lives is precious as well as imperative for this important work to get done. Their openness brings with it a
tremendous sense of responsibility to tell the truth but to also honor their stories.”
One of Kashi’s innovative approaches to photography and filmmaking produced the Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook with MediaStorm, which premiered on MSNBC.com in December 2006. Using stills in a moving
image format, this creative and thought provoking form of visual storytelling has been shown in many
film festivals and as part of a series of exhibitions on the Iraq War at The George Eastman House. Also,
an eight-year personal project completed in 2003, Aging in America: The Years Ahead, created a traveling
exhibition, an award-winning documentary film, a website and a book which was named one of the best
photo books of 2003 by American Photo.
Along with numerous awards, including Second Prize Contemporary Issues Singles in the 2011 World
Press Photo Contest, UNICEF’s Photo of the Year 2010, a Prix Pictet 2010 Commission and honors from Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts and American Photography, Kashi’s
images have been published and exhibited worldwide. Additionally, his editorial assignments and personal projects have generated seven books, including the recent Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of
Oil in the Niger Delta and THREE. Kashi’s latest book Photojournalisms, is a compilation of journal writings to his wife, done over a nearly 20-year period, from various locations around the world.
In 2002, Kashi and his wife, writer / filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded Talking Eyes Media. The non-profit
company has produced numerous short films and multimedia pieces that explore significant social issues.
The first project resulted in a book and traveling exhibition on uninsured Americans called, Denied: The
Crisis of America’s Uninsured.
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