- Investigation, Human Rights, Foreign Worlds, and Science
Part One of two parts. Part Two: For Export Only: Pharmaceuticals
Documents the "circle of poison" of banned and restricted pesticides we export for use on products we import: coffee, bananas, cotton, etc. "If you ever wanted to know how human beings behave in the absence of rules, in an open unregulated market, these films provide the answer."—Washington Post
For students and other viewers facing a world of globalization, free markets and deregulation, it documents shocking information about products exported to developing countries that are prohibited or severely restricted in the countries where they are made. The products are banned or restricted because they cause cancer, liver disease, central nervous system diseases, sterility and death.
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"An extraordinary report."—London Observer
Specific products and manufacturers are named as the documentary clearly depicts their use and abuse in Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, Kenya, Ghana, Bangladesh and Malaysia. Brand names may have changed but the practices documented have not. "More of a piece of investigative journalism than any other program honored. And what made it special was that it was produced not by a major station or network, but by Robert Richter, an independent producer. He beat the networks, with all their money, at their own game."—New York Times report on duPont Columbia top award
The first PBS telecast created an international sensation. United Nations delegates demanded an end to the practices documented; this led to an international monitoring system. It is a rare example of a documentary that truly made a difference.
"A global horror story with ugly implications...Watch this..."—Indianapolis Times
- Running time
- 57 minutes
- Robert Richter ... Producer, Director, Writer, Reporter
- Jackie Leopold ... Associate Producer
- Chantal Bernheim ... Associate Producer
- Burleigh Wartes ... Cinematographer
- Prod. Co.
- Richter Productions
- United States
- Years of Production
- Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, Kenya, Ghana, Bangladesh and Malaysia.
- Release year
- American Film Festival. Audubon International Environmental Film Festival, International Consumer Film Competition
- American Assn for the Advancement of Science, Distinguished Science Reporting; DuPont Columbia Broadcast Journalism Award (TV's Pulitzer Prize)
- Producer was offered $1 million bribe to NOT distribute or telecast the documentary.
- Broadcast (Prod.)
- English Subtitles
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