Living Downstream

Living Downstream

DVD - 2013
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In her early twenties, Sandra Steingraber was afflicted with cancer, a disease that has afflicted other members of her adoptive family. Writing from the twin perspectives of a survivor and a concerned scientist, she traces the high incidence of cancer and the terrifying concentrations of environmental toxins in her native rural Illinois. She goes on to show similar correlation in other communities, such as Boston and Long Island, and throughout the United States, where cancer rates have risen alarmingly since mid-century. At once a deeply moving personal document and a groundbreaking work of scientific detection, Living downstream will be a touchstone for generations, reminding us of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the integrity of our air, land, and water.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features, c2013
Branch Call Number: DVD 616.994 LIV
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 85 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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Manuel
Feb 09, 2019

This is a vitally important documentary about a biologist who survived cancer of the bladder, and how she linked it to the chemical poisoning of her environment in Illinois. This kind of thing is happening everywhere, in Canada and around the world. The DVD is so important and should be seen by everyone, young and old. The only people who seem to be less susceptible to cancers are those in the mid-range of life; others--the young, teenagers, the old--are all extremely susceptible to cancer. There needs to be a mass movement demanding that the chemical poisoning of our environment, especially of our farms, stop right now. How do you know that YOU have not ingested cancer-causing poisons, simply by eating what you thought was safe--beef, fowl, vegetables... No. You have these poisons in your system as you sit there, reading this. Act!

OPLRalphT Aug 15, 2013

Screened locally at the 2012 Kansas International Film Festival, this documentary asks how we can ignore the links between cancer and the chemical contamination of our environment. The film is based on a widely acclaimed book by Sandra Steingraber, a biologist, environmentalist and cancer survivor.

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dprodrig
Mar 13, 2012

Great doc about a biologists role in trying to educate people on the impact industries have on the environment. It is shocking to hear how the waterway near her house has been so severely affected that the number of species available has dropped significantly. The extras, I believe called mini movies or docs, are just as interesting to watch as the feature film itself - they expand upon points raised in the film, adding a greater amount of depth and understanding. Also great for teachers looking for something short to spur discussion.

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