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Industrial Pollution & Toxic Racism

The Digital Dump: Exporting Re-use and Abuse to Africa

Exposes the ugly underbelly of what is thought to be an escalating global trade in toxic, obsolete, discarded computers and other e-scrap collected in North America and Europe and sent to developing countries by waste brokers and so-called recyclers.

The Rise and Fall of DDT

Deals with the pros and cons of DDT by investigating its various uses as an insecticide, military weapon, safeguard against tropical diseases, and threat to the environment. A segment from the television program: Nova. 1975. 18 min.

The Warriors of Qiugang

Villagers in a remote district of central China take on a chemical company that is poisoning their water and air. For five years they fight to transform their environment and as they do, they find themselves transformed as well. Directed by Ruby Yang. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 2010. 39 min.

The World According to Monsanto

Monsanto Company is the world's leader in agricultural chemicals, seed and genetically modified crops, as well as being one of the most controversial companies in industrial history. This film uses hitherto unpublished documents and testimonies of victims, scientists and politicians to expose Monsanto's lack of care in protecting the environment and the health of those exposed to their products. Shows how the company promoted such products as Roundup (glyphosate), bovine growth hormone, and genetically modified plants. Directed by Marie-Monique Robin.

Toxic Chemicals: Information is the Best Defense.

Part 1 presents a PCB fire in San Francisco and a toxic gas release near an Orange County school; part 2 examines long-term problems caused by hazardous chemicals at abandoned sites and dumps. 1984. 55 min.

Toxic Trials (Nova series).

Examines how one community was affected by hazardous wastes and follows the course of the resulting lawsuit that was filed against a local chemical company. Also looks at the variety of scientific, medical, and legal expertise amassed by both parties to the lawsuit. 1986. 58 min.

Toxic Waters

This program documents the efforts of neighborhood residents to clean up and close down a toxic waste dump in southwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In Sept. of 1999 Hurricane Floyd flooded the Darby and Cobbs creeks, bringing smelly, multicolored ooze into the Eastwick neighborhood of Philadelphia. Rhonda Hill Wilson, lawyer-leader of the Saturn Place Committee, led the fight to close the site. 2000. 58 min.

Trade Secrets: A Moyers Report.

This documentary exposes the 40 year history of the American chemical industry's supression of information regarding the threats to public health by synthetic chemicals being introduced into the environment at all levels. Addresses the danger to public health by the continued use of approximately 9000 of the 15,000 mass produced chemical substances that have never undergone toxicological study in the United States. Concludes with a panel discussion with industry spokesmen, environmental, and medical experts. c2001. 120 min.

Up Close and Toxic

Looks at indoor pollution as it follows a typical yet fictional family as they interact with countless everyday items that are potentially harmful to them. Three experts, Dr. Richard Corsi, Dr. Donna Mergler, John W. Roberts, who appear in the form of "friendly ghosts", make themselves known to the audience whenever there is a pollutant to be disclosed. Produced and directed by Caroline Underwood. Originally presented as a segment on the television program The nature of things. 2002. 45 min.

White Snow: The Dirty Truth About Environmental Cleanup

In this investigative documentary of "environmental racism," environmental cleanup workers in the United States, who are often illegal immigrants, tell about their health risks incurred while working on environmental cleanup projects for industry and government. If they speak out about their working conditions they risk loosing their jobs and being deported. 2000. 21 min.