Black Water (Agua Preta)
Length: 29 minutes
Source: First Run/Icarus Films, 153 Waverly Pl, New York, 10014
(212) 727-1711, (800) 876-7110, FAX (212) 989-7649
Examines the plight of the citizens of Sao Braz, in Bahia state, Brazil, whose river is being poisoned by toxic runoff from a paper-making plant. Until 1971, when the paper mill was built, the citizens made a living as fishermen, taking fish, crabs, shrimp and oysters from the river that flows by their town and into the Bay of All Saints. Based on anthropological fieldwork of Charlotte Cerf. In Portuguese with English subtitles and voice-overs.
Contact: The Yanomami Indians of Brazil
Length: 28 minutes
Date: 1991 Source: Filmakers Library, Inc., 124 E. 40th St., Suite 901, New York, NY 10016
(212) 808-4980, (800) 555-9815, FAX (212) 808-4983, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Depicts the devastating impact of contact with the outside world on the Yanomami Indians, an isolated indigenous tribe and the last major Stone Age people in the Amazon. Reveals high death rate from malaria and related diseases caused by contact with Brazilian gold miners and points out the destruction of the ecosystem from operations. Shows failing government effort to protect the Indians. Film by Geoffrey O'Connor.
Length: 29 minutes
Source: The Video Project, 200 Estates Drive, Ben Lomand, CA 95005
(408) 336-0160, (800) 4-PLANET, FAX (408) 336-2168
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The 1991 Oscar for Best Short Documentary went to this film. It describes how wastes produced by several nuclear weapons plants operated by the General Electric Company caused a variety of health problems in neighborhoods surrounding the plants. The film "raises significant questions about corporate responsibility and the role of citizens challenging abusive business practices."
Deafsmith, A Nuclear Folktale
Length: 43 minutes
Source: The Video Project (see above)
In the late 1980's, the US Dept. of Energy proposed constructing a permanent burial site for the nation's high level radioactive wastes in Deafsmith County, Texas. Portrays the battle of county residents to keep DOE from following through on its plans. Representatives from DOE and residents tell their sides of the controversy.