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Program 16: 'Dirty Laundry', Asbestos Poisoning at Work

  • Cinema Village 22 East 12th Street New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

Lulu Land - Edie Falco explains how fake Democrats, a.k.a. the IDC, are handing New York State to the Republicans and what you can do about it in this stunning video. (2018, 3 min)

The 39th - Amidst political scandal and fiscal crisis, 26-year-old activist Will Guzzardi believes that he can mobilize a movement to upend Illinois' dysfunctional political system.  But he chose to run against the daughter of one of the best connected politicians in Chicago - and he establishment is not going to let her go down without a fight.  The 39th follows Guzzardi as he grows up, from activist to politician, and learns what it really takes for an outsider to win - and govern - within a political machine.  (2015, 31 min)

Dirty Laundry - Why did a 90-year old grandmother and housewife, from a small suburban town in Illinois, die from a rare form of cancer that has only one cause: exposure to asbestos dust?  Her grandsons, cousins Conor Lewis and Zack Johnson, set out on a cross country bike ride with a camera crew and a mission: to gather information on the death sentence disease known as mesothelioma, their grandmother’s cause of death. From California to New York, they interview surviving family members, doctors, activists and members of communities still living with active, toxic asbestos sites. The documentary reveals the stark reality of corporate dissembling and apparent disregard for lives lost, and lives still being placed at risk, from the continued manufacture and use of asbestos, the creation of open asbestos waste sites, and the reckless excavation of contaminated ground. The film is engaging from the opening scene, with a uniquely personal but focused approach to the interviews and commentary, involving the viewer intellectually and emotionally. You cannot avoid being affected by this film. (2018, 75 min)