Chau, Beyond the Lines

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Chau, Beyond the Lines
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Film poster
Directed byCourtney Marsh
Produced byJerry Franck
Courtney Marsh
Written byCourtney Marsh
Marcelo Mitnik
StarringLe Minh Chau
Music bySteve London
CinematographyCourtney Marsh
Edited byCourtney Marsh
Cynasty Films
Distributed bySeventh Art Releasing
Release date
  • February 8, 2015 (2015-02-08) (Big Sky Documentary Film Festival)
  • August 21, 2015 (2015-08-21)
Running time
34 minutes
CountryUnited States

Chau, Beyond the Lines (previously known as: War Within the Walls) is a 2015 American short-documentary film about a 16-year-old disabled by the effects of Agent Orange, who aspires to become an artist and clothing designer. It is directed by Courtney Marsh and produced by Jerry Franck and Marsh.

Chau, Beyond the Lines was shortlisted with nine other documentaries from 74 entries submitted to 88th Academy Awards in Documentary Short Subject category,[1] and eventually received a nomination.[2]


The documentary shows the lasting effects of Agent Orange, a chemical sprayed over the Vietnam jungles during the Vietnam War by the United States to deprive the Northern Vietnamese Army of their food and cover. After 20 years of war, Chau, a teenager living in a care center, is disabled by the effects of this chemical. With a rare disability in his arms and legs, Chau is repeatedly told that his dream of becoming a professional artist is impossible. Filming extended over 8 years.[3]



  1. ^ "10 DOC SHORTS ON OSCAR'S 2015 SHORTLIST". October 26, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  2. ^ Johnson, Zach (January 14, 2016). "Oscars 2016 Nominations: Complete List of Nominees". E! Online. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  3. ^ "Chau, Beyond the Lines". 7thart. Retrieved October 31, 2015.

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