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Industrial Pollution & Toxic Racism

Litigating Disaster.

The worst and deadliest chemical disaster of all time occurred in 1984 in Bhopal, India. Vast amounts of toxic gas leaked from the Union Carbide pesticide factory, killing thousands of people and poisoning hundreds of thousands of others. This film documents this tragedy and presents the legal evidence assembled against Union Carbide including never before seen documents and exclusive interviews with former Union Carbide officers. A film by Ilan Ziv. c2004. 58 min.
web web sites:Description from First Run/Icarus catalog

Maquila: A Tale of Two Mexicos (Emerging Powers)

This documentary presents the pros and cons of the maquiladora (or maquila) an export manufacturing program established by the Mexican Government and looks at industrialization in Mexico after NAFTA, considering low wages, working conditions, environmental and cultural impact. Directed by Saul Landau and Sonia Angulo. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2000. 55 min. ;

Maquilapolis (City of Factories)

Explores the environmental devastation and urban chaos of Tijuana's assembly factories and the female laborers who have organized themselves for social action. Carmen earns six dollars a day but she is not a victim. She is a dynamic young woman, busy making a life for herself and her children. In "Maquilapolis," Carmen and her friend Lourdes confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos, reaching beyond their daily struggle for survival to organize for change, taking on both the Mexican and U.S. governments and a major television manufacturer.

Mediterranean, Cradle or Coffin?(The Jacques Cousteau Odyssey; vol 3)

Decades ago, Jacques cousteau found the water of Veyron near Marseilles teeming with marine life. Returning years later, he discovered the same sea floor to be a desert, virtually devoid of fish. Appalled at the ravages of pollution, Cousteau and crew seek scientific weapons to combat the horrors of urban wastes pouring into the Mediterranean. The explorers find that not only is pollution to blame, man's industrial might encroaches upon the sea's most vulnerable point, shallow coastal areas that serve as natural habitats.

Minamata: The Victims and Their World (Minamata: kanja-san to sono sekai)

Documentary film on toxic pollution in Minamata, Japan caused by the fertilizer company Chisso, which was responsible for releasing mercury-polluted industrial waste water into Minamata Bay and out to the Sea of Shiranu -- a happening that would eventually develop into the worst case of environmental pollution in postwar Japan -- and the plight of the victims of 'Minamata disease', focusing on the 29 families who filed a lawsuit against Chisso Kabushiki Kaisha. Directed by Noriaki Tsuchimoto 1971. 120 min.

Our Daily Poison

According to the World Health Organization, the incidence of cancer has doubled over the last thirty years. Over this period, the increase in leukemia and brain tumours in children has been around 2% per year. The WHO has observed a similar trend for neurological diseases (Parkinson's and Alzheimer's) and autoimmune disorders. This documentary launches an in-depth investigation into everyday products and the systems charged with regulating them, examining the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) archives.

Pesticides and Pills, For Export Only. Part 2.

Documents the practice of large pharmaceutical companies selling medicine banned in the United States and Europe to Third World countries. Shows pharmaceuticals marketed in Asia, Africa, and Latin America with no warnings of the side effects or danger of these products. c1981. 59 min.
web web sites:Description from Richter Productions catalog

Pesticides and Pills, For Export Only. Part I.

Documents the sale by large chemical companies to 7 underdeveloped countries of pesticides banned from use in the United States and Europe, noting the irony that the hazardous substances return to the industrialized nations in the form of contaminated agricultural imports from the underdeveloped countries. c1981. 57 min.
web web sites:Description from Richter Productions catalog

Politics of Poison.

A documentary which focuses on herbicide spraying in the United States and shows how the Environmental Protection Agency is dealing with this problem. 1979. 53 min.

Stepan Chemical: The Poisoning of a Mexican Community.

When the Chicago-based Stepan Chemical plant in Matamoros, Mexico dumped xylene, a toxic solvent linked to birth defects, into open canals near the homes of the people of Matamoros, the people of Matamoros, through their community leaders and with help from the U.S.-based Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras, fought to end this contamination and demanded a full accounting from Stepan Chemical and environmental agencies in the U.S. and Mexico, as part of their struggle for a clean environment. c1992. 18 min.