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The film Thao’s Library tugged at my heart strings more than any movie has in quite some time. It also sent me down a research project about Agent Orange and Vietnam. I love when movies and books peek my interest in a topic like this. I love diving head long into a good history lesson that I either forgot or was never taught.
It is no surprise to me that ‘Thao’s Library’ is a film that won at last year’s Bentonville Film Festival. Thao’s Library explores the complex relationship between two women from opposite sides of the planet. One Vietnamese, and ravaged by Agent Orange exposure; the other American, and drowning in depression after her sister’s unexpected death. United by a photo and a simple request, they forge an unlikely sisterhood, transcending language and culture. It is a beautiful story that uplifted my heart and brought me to tears.
Thao’s simple request is for more books for her library! “If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?” Thao replied, “Three hundred dollars, so I could buy more books.”