A thought provoking documentary springing from the book by poet, biologist and cancer survivor Dr. Sandra Steingraber. This is at once an intensely personal account and a well-documented scientific documentary about the carcinogenic effects of environmental degradation. Following her mentor, Rachel Carson, Dr. Steingraber has become a well-known researcher and activist addressing the cancer epidemics of our time.
Her inspiration comes from a fable about a village on a river:
The residents who live there, according to this parable, began noticing
increasing numbers of drowning people caught in the river’s swift current
and so went to work inventing ever more elaborate technologies to resuscitate them.
So preoccupied were these heroic villagers with rescue and treatment that they never
thought to look upstream to see who was pushing the victims in.
This 2010 documentary is a walk up that river
The Social Justice Film Project is offering this as the third film in our series: Environmental Justice/Climate Change. This was the topic which was chosen by our members in the survey we took before our summer break. Please join us for what promises to continue to be a very rich series.
Discussion follows viewing of the film. Feel free to bring a bag lunch. We will offer a snack, not lunch.