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Industrial Pollution & Toxic Racism

Fenceline: A Company Town Divided

Explores the environmental struggle between Shell Oil Company and the people of Norco, LA, illustrating how a community and a corporation struggle over the question of pollution and its effects on Norco residents. With nterviews of people from a wide spectrum including industry experts, industry workers, environmentalists and local community members, this documentary juxtaposes misconceptions about the role of industry in polluting the environment against scientific facts. Directed by Slawomir Grunberg 53 min.

Hazardous Waste: Are We Poisoning the Golden State?

UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies. "The California forum, September 8, 1983." Debate about the problem of regulating production as well as disposal of hazardous waste in California. 1983. 59 min.

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Homo Toxicus

Everyday, tons of chemicals are released into the environment, without ever knowing how toxic they are in the long term to living organisms. Moreover, the majority of the 100,000 industrial compounds developed since World War II which are used in daily products have never been tested. Some of them have found their way into our bodies and into fetuses. Up to 247 toxic substances have been found in new-borns. We are today bequeathing our toxic load to our children along with our DNA.

Huichols and Pesticides (Huicholes y plaguicidas)

Examines how Huichol Indians, displaced from their traditional homes and occupations by modern development, have become migrant farm workers exposed to pesticides commonly used in Mexican agriculture. Discusses the health consequences of this exposure and the Mexican government's environmental controls. A film by Patricia Díaz Romo. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 1995. 27 min.

In Our Children's Food.

A Frontline special that traces the 30-year history of the U.S. pesticide use, regulation, and scientific study and explores the risks of agricultural chemicals in our food. Examines how the government has failed to certify the safety of pesticides and why the only source of data on pesticide safety is the industry that profits from them. c1993. 56 min.
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In Our Own Backyard: The First Love Canal.

A documentary that combines footage of public events and interviews to examine the ways that residents in the Love Canal area, their scientific and legal advisors, and government officials understood and responded to the discovery of toxic wastes in Niagara Falls, New York. 1982. 59 min.
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In Our Own Backyard: Uranium Mining in the United States

The mining and milling of uranium involves the stripping of vast areas of land, reduction of water tables and the creation of huge amounts of radioactive waste. Through interviews with mining executives, scientists, environmental and health advocates, Navajo Indians and other residents the film explores the impact of the process on the environment and on the health of workers and nearby residents. Looks at the specific case of the uranium waste problem in Church Rock, New Mexico. 1982. 29 min.

In Our Water.

Investigates the degree of chemical pollution in local drinking water. c1981. 58 min.

Killer Bargain.

An indictment of the corporate irresponsibility of various Indian textile companies, who expose their workers to dangerous chemicals (long since banned in the developed world) and pollute their surrounding environments. Consumers who remain unaware of the conditions under which the goods they buy are produced must hold companies accountable. A film by Tom Heinemann. 2006. 58 min.
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Killing Ground.

Improper disposal of toxic chemical wastes poses a long-range threat to the environment and human health. The consequences of illegal and improper waste reduction are illustrated by sites where serious chemical pollution has occurred, such as Love Canal in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and by interviews with government officials, representatives of businesses involved, and individuals whose health and property have been affected. While existing disposal problems are ineffectively regulated, the more serious problem of locating and cleaning up old dumps remains unsolved.