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  • Lorelle VanFossen 4:10 pm on September 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: damnation, dams, documentary, , restoration, water, waterways   

    DamNation Documentary 

    DamNation is a documentary that takes a journey across America to explore the change from pride in big dams as “engineering wonders” to the realization of their impact on nature and the environment. It is a breathtakingly beautiful film featuring rivers and landscapes altered by dams, before, during, and after their removal, and the restoration of rivers to healthy and vibrant ecosystems for fish and wildlife.

    While not directly related to garbology, this is a topic that might be of interest to you and your class. From a garbology perspective, the demand for electricity to fuel all the garbage we buy, and the energy it takes to make and manage it, could be an angle.

    Another angle could be research into what happened to the damn after it was removed? Cement and construction materials are highly toxic. A destroyed dam is garbage. Where did it go? What did they do with it?

     
  • Lorelle VanFossen 3:54 pm on September 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cancer, documentary, , , , , plastics industry, vinyl   

    Blue Vinyl: Documentary 

    Blue Vinyl is a documentary on the hazards of bio-accumulation, pollution, and the impact of plastic thought to be benign. Directed by Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand. The documentary film won the prize for documentary cinematography at Sundance in 2002.

    Judith Helfand’s parents put blue vinyl siding on her house but she suspects there is more to the siding than meets the eye – and health. A victim of DES poisoning, she has a hysterectomy, triggering her investigation tinto the negative health effects of PVC, its use, and disposal, as well as interviews with cancer victims living and working near vinyl and PVC factories. While the subject is dark, the filmmakers make this a fun and hilarious journey.

    The official site of the documentary is offline, but Wikipedia has information on the film, as does Top Documentary Films, and is available for viewing on the premium Docurama Films on YouTube ($2.98 a month).

     
    • Sally Keely 7:15 am on October 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      As a DES-daughter myself (exposed to DES in-utero), and a long-term Board Member and volunteer for DES Action U.S.A. (desaction.org), the non-profit organization dedicated to DES (diethylstilbestrol) exposed persons, I know Judith Helfand personally and am well familiar with her films. Blue Vinyl is a better produced film than her first, a Healthy Baby Girl. DES is a synthetic estrogen (see timeline), its chemical make-up is close to DDT, and DES is an environmental disrupter, as are some of the chemicals in the vinyl home siding exposed in Blue Vinyl. Not a “big” film, but worth viewing.

      • Lorelle VanFossen 9:45 am on October 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Great advice and insights. Thank you.

        Is there more you can add to this issue? Not everyone may have access to the film, and it would help all of us to better understand how DES happens, where it comes from, and what we can do to change the world regarding this. I think of so many children exposed…but we are educators. How can we learn from your experience to teach our own?

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