Make India Asbestos Free

Make India Asbestos Free
For Asbestos Free India

Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI) works for Asbestos Free India inspired by trade union leader Purnendu Majumadar. Occupational Health India and ToxicsWatch Alliance are its members that includes doctors, researchers and activists. BANI demands criminal liability for companies and medico-legal remedy for victims. It works with trade unions, human rights, environmental, consumer and public health groups. For Details:1715krishna@gmail.com, oshindia@yahoo.in

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A personal investigation into the present-day use of asbestos

Breathtaking
A personal investigation into the present-day use of asbestos

Director: Kathleen Mullen

Thursday, February 24 · 7:00 PM Royal Ontario Museum Theatre, 100 Queen's Park just south of Bloor Street, (South Side Entrance), Toronto

DISCUSSION WITH DIRECTOR, FAMILY MEMBERS AND SPECIAL GUESTS TO FOLLOW

Breathtaking takes on the asbestos industry through a moving and personal investigation into the death of Kathleen's father Richard from Mesothelioma (a rare cancer uniquely caused by asbestos exposure). The film also explores the indefensible present-day use of asbestos, that continues to exact a terrible human toll. Valued since pre-history and commercially mined since the Industrial Revolution, asbestos was nicknamed the 'magic mineral' for its fabric-like properties and its capacity to protect against fire, and was used in everything from brake pads to oven mitts. After it was discovered to be carcinogenic, asbestos use was banned from use in many countries and limited in others. But Canada, along with Russia and several other countries, still mines asbestos and exports it for use in developing nations.

With moving clips of her dying father's legal testimony, family photos, and Super 8 home movies as a narrative springboard, Mullen takes the audience on an investigative journey from her family's home in British Columbia to Quebec, India and Detroit, painting a global, yet still personal picture of the many lives affected by the continued use of asbestos.

http://www.planetinfocus.org/blog/the-making-of-breathtaking/

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