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Camera as Witness Presents documentary PAINTED NAILS
January 16 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: A3C Couch Room (Old Union second floor) - Map Link
Camera as Witness-Stanford Arts program presents SCALES OF JUSTICE series co-presented with Stanford Vietnamese Student Association and Stanford Film Society
When Van Hoang, a Vietnamese immigrant and nail salon owner, sees her American dream crumble as she discovers that her health problems, including two miscarriages, are the result of toxic chemicals in the products used in her salon, she unwittingly becomes involved in the fight for safe cosmetics. In Painted Nails, we witness Van’s transformation from a self-described shy woman who speaks minimal English to a forthright advocate who testifies before Congress. In Washington, DC, at hearings for the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act, Van, now a few months’ pregnant, steps forward to speak out not only for workers in nail salons, most of whom are Asian immigrants, but for all people exposed to the toxic chemicals in personal care products.
Directors/Producers: Dianne Griffin, Erica Jordan
6:00PM reception with the filmmakers
Following the screening discussion with the directors/producers Dianne Griffin and Erica Jordan moderated by Jasmina Bojic, Camera as Witness Program – Stanford Arts Director and Founder of the international documentary film festival UNAFF.