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Living Downstream
A film by Chanda Chevannes

85 minutes, color & b/w, English, 2010
DVD packaged in a certified Green Forestry eco pack

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Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, this award-winning documentary follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links.

After a routine cancer screening, Sandra receives a worrisome result. Thus, we begin two journeys with Sandra: her private struggle with a possible cancer recurrence and her public quest to bring attention to the toxic chemicals in our environment. We follow these invisible toxicants as they migrate to some of the most beautiful places in North America. We see how they enter our bodies and, once inside, how they may contribute to cancer formation. Experts in the fields of toxicology and cancer research talk about their own findings - findings that illuminate the significant connection between a healthy environment and human health.

At once Sandra's personal journey and her scientific exploration, Living Downstream is a powerful reminder of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land, and water.

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"Powerfully argued. Steingraber's scientific cool and unflagging sense of mission make for an arresting portrait of a self-styled modern-day Rachel Carson." - The Washington Post

"A deftly interwoven examination of how cancer is experienced, treated and understood...forceful, reasoned and visually impressive." - Canadian Medical Association Journal

"An absolute must-see. Excuse my clichés, but Living Downstream is powerful, it is inspiring, it is moving, it is - quietly, like our hero - a tear-jerker. And, upon seeing it yourself, you are likely to make similar exhortations to your friends and family."
- CineSource Magazine

"Brilliantly brings to light how history can repeat itself by hiding in a different cloak - allowing dangerous chemicals into our lives is a secular human rights issue - and as long as we stand for it, we perpetuate the violent toll it takes on the lives of ourselves and our children. And how silence is the the most violent perpetuation." - Carmen Shaffer, Foodigen

Recommended Reading

Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment by Sandra Steingraber

Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood by Sandra Steingraber

Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis by Sandra Steingraber



Disc Features

●  5 Mini Docs: Why Talk About Chemical Destruction? / What Causes Cancer? / Who Is Most Vulnerable? / What Is the Precautionary Principle? / What Can We Do?
●  Audio commentaries: Commentary 1 featuring author Sandra Steingraber and director Chanda Chevannes / Commentary 2 featuring director Chanda Chevannes, editor Nathan Shields, and director of photography Benjamin Gervais
●  Optional subtitles in English, English SDH, French & Spanish

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