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The family name Pook is written in Japanese in a katakana phonetic translation using the characters “pu” and “ku”. Katakana (Jap. 片仮名 or カタカナ) is a syllabary, a set of symbols that represent syllables. Besides hiragana, it is the second Japanese syllabary. Each katakana symbol stands as a syllabogram either for a vowel or a consonant with the following vowel. Since my wife is Japanese and my children are half Japanese I am trying to learn this language.

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Lighter than Orange

Documentary by Matthias Leupold
Lighter than Organge – The Legacy of Dioxin in Vietnam

Many films have looked critically at the period of the American war in Vietnam. What are frequently left out of these accounts, however, are the biographies of the Vietnamese veterans who survived the war but still suffer from the consequences of the deployment of Agent Orange. The film recounts the stories of former Vietnamese soldiers and provides them with a rare forum to speak. On behalf of the more than four million victims of Agent Orange, they talk about their experiences and the devastating effect on their families – the consequences of political failure.

In collaboration with Daniel Albert, a visual concept and design was developed for the film’s communication media.