Toxic Partners
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A documentary about two communities with toxic waste sites and the human suffering within them : the cities of Sydney, Cape Breton, which has Canada's largest toxic waste site, and Fort Valley, Georgia, a black community in southern Georgia in the United States. The film is a strong and moving portrait which enables local citizen activists from both communities to exchange ideas. It is a powerful document on how their respective governments care little for the health and well being of their citizens. The viewer is given a close-up view of the horrible problems of these toxic waste sites, a shocking portrait of people living next to them and of the difficulties in cleaning them up. The main thrust of the film is to document how little is being done to move people away from living beside these environmentally dangerous areas. Narrated by David Suzuki.

Awards and mentions
Premier prix
EarthVision Festival
Santa Cruz
2000
1999
Canada
40:42
Original language
English

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Credits

Direction
Neal Livingston
Voice
David Suzuki
Camera
Neal Livingston
Editing
Neal Livingston
Screenplay
Neal Livingston
Sound
Neal Livingston
Marise Vachon
Production
The Sierra Club of Canada
VISION TV
Black River Productions
Neal Livingston

Technical information

Color
Color
Sound
Stereo

Documentation

Further information

Commentary by Claire Valade, Film critic from Quebec

In these uncertain times, when the environment is indisputably the key present and future issue, this is an essential film for anyone who wants to understand the harsh reality of life in the Maritimes and the ecological struggle being played out there right now. Important not only for Maritimers, but for Canada and the whole world. Best seen with the same director’s The Battle at our Shores.

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Keywords
Perpetuation, Pollution, Waste, Poisoning, Disease, Future

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