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Industrial Pollution & Toxic Racism

A Plague on Our Children (Nova series)

Part 1 focuses on dioxin herbicides and their possible harmful effects on man and the environment. Shows sites in Oregon where residents suffer from an extremely high incidence of cancer, miscarriages, and disease. Also discusses claims made by veterans who blame their health problems on Agent Orange. Part 2 documents the problems of disposing PCB's. Examines the ecological crisis at Love Canal, N.Y., where a school was built directly over buried chemicals and where hundreds of families have been evacuated because of the disposed chemicals. 1980. 57 min.

A Village Called Versailles (Lang Versailles (Vec Sai))

A documentary about Versailles, a community in eastern New Orleans first settled by Vietnamese refugees. After Hurricane Katrina, Versailles residents impressively rise to the challenges by returning and rebuilding before most neighborhoods in New Orleans, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill just two miles away. Director, S. Leo Chiang. 2009. 67 min. Awards American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults
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Arlit, The Second Paris (Arlit, deuxième Paris)

A case study in migration and environmental racism set in an uranium mining town in the Sahara desert of Niger. Here European corporations extracted nuclear power and profits, leaving behind illness due to radiation, contamination and unemployment. Arlit flourished during the oil crunch of the early 70s when its uranium mines employed 25, 000 workers from around the world in high paying jobs. It has now become a ghost town, a place of transit. A film by Idrissou Mora Kpai. 2005. 78 min.

Bananas!

Los Angeles lawyer, Juan "Accidentes" Dominguez, is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana workers he is tackling Dole Food in a ground-breaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide that was known by the company to cause sterility. A film by Fredrik Gertten. 2009. 87 min.

Blue Vinyl

An investigation of vinyl siding and its effects on people and the environment. Looks at the impact of vinyl manufacturing and disposal on the atmosphere, the food chain and humans. In Lake Charles, Louisiana, giant petrochemical plants cough out vinyl by-products while residents suffer multiple health problems due to groundwater contamination. In Venice, Italy vinyl company executives stand accused of manslaughter for knowingly exposing their workforce to deadly chemical levels. A film by Judith Hilfand & Daniel B. Gold. c2002. 97 min.

Borderline Cases: Environmental Matters at the United States-Mexico Border

A documentary describing the consequences of 25 years of environmental neglect by factories along the U.S./Mexico border focusing on the cities of Brownsville, Matamoros, Tijuana, San Diego, Ciudad Juarez and El Paso. It chronicles the 5 year bi-national effort to craft remedies to the border's deteriorating environmental conditions by a diverse mix of people of both countries from grass-roots activists to government, academic and industrial leaders. c1997. 65 min. ;
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Choropampa: The Price of Gold (El precio del oro)

On June 2, 2000, 151 kilograms of liquid mercury spilled from a truck hauling the mercury away from the Yanacocha goldmine in the Peruvian Andes. The spill covered a 25-mile long area, contaminating the small mountain villages Choropampa, San Juan, and Magdalena. The owners of the mine, a Peruvian company, the World Bank, and the Newmont Mining Corp. of Colorado, claim that the problem was quickly resolved, but hundreds of people still suffer the ill effects.

Crops Protected, Water Threatened.

Addresses a problem on Long Island, N.Y., where an agricultural pesticide entered the aquifer system. Explains the geology of groundwater and covers the history of pesticide development and how to judge how persistent a pesticide really is. Highlights thecooperative approach by industry, government, farmers, and consumers to solving groundwater contamination problems. 1987. 21 min. 3/4" UMATIC

Drumbeat for Mother Earth: How Persistent Organic Pollutants Threaten the Natural Environment and the Future of Indigenous Peoples

Looks at how persistent organic pollutants from transnational corporations enter into the natural environment and the food chain threatening the future of indigenous peoples in America. "These chemicals threaten our clan relationships, our treaty rights, our health, and our future generations". Greenpeace & Indigenous Environmental Network, 1999. 55 min.

Exporting Harm: The High-tech Trashing of Asia

Unbeknownst to many, "recycling" electronic waste often means that the material is shipped to Asia, where it causes major environmental, health, and occupational hazards. This film reveals "the dirty secrets" of the high-tech revolution and provides a ringing call to action for corporate responsibility and global environmental justice. Video by Jim Puckett. 2004. 23 min.

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