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photo Breath Taken
living and dying with asbestos
By Bill Ravanesi

When photographer Bill Ravanesi realized the connection between his father's death from mesothelioma and his work with asbestos in World War II shipyards, he took on what was to become a seven-year mission to document the plight of other victims.

Nearly thirteen thousand people die each year from asbestos-related diseases. This video brings us face-to-face with those who suffer from asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, forcing us to listen to their testimony about the tragic impact of industrial policy on human lives, and on society's values. It also stresses that asbestos is now widely dispersed in the environment, and is therefore a problem for all of us, not only for those who work with this deadly mineral. The program features interviews with experts including Dr. Irving Selikoff, Paul Brodeur, and Barry Castleman.

36 minutes
© 1990
Purchase $99 VHS
Order No. QA-057
ISBN (VHS) 1-57295-057-9

"This hard-hitting documentary explores the end product of asbestos in the human body. Libraries attempting to stay in the forefront of contemporary social problems will want to add this title." Four Stars, Video Rating Guide

Awards & Conference Screenings
International Environmental Film Festival
Aveda US Environmental Film Festival
Columbus International Film Festival

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