- Investigation, Environment, Politics, Contemporary Issues, and Portrait
A hard-hitting investigation of dioxins and PCBs, with a clear scientific explanation of why they are the most poisonous man-made substances in existence, and the disturbing human consequences of exposure to them.
When first telecast in the PBS "Nova" series, the Wall Street Journal wrote an editorial about the documentary, questioning the filmmaker's patriotism.
Soon after, "A Plague on Our Children" won the prestigious DuPont Columbia Broadcast Journalism award (the Pulitzer Prize of TV journalism).
"Mr. Richter's documentary is angry and quite persuasive."—New York Times
—New York Times
- Show treatment
Corporate defenders, scientists and victims appear, including U.S. veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam war, factory workers exposed to PCBs, housewives exposed to toxic spray in logging areas, people exposed to the poisons at Love Canal and other waste disposal sites.
"Hard-hitting investigative documentary look at the price we pay for widespread use of herbicides and other toxic chemicals." —Cue Magazine
Part One focuses on dioxin. 57 minutes
Part Two focuses on PCBs. 57 minutes
- Running time
- 114 minutes
- Robert Richter ... Producer, Director, Writer
- Prod. Co.
- Richter Productions
- United States
- Years of Production
- Oregpn California, upstate New York, Chicago
- Release year
- duPont Columbia Broadcast Journalism award (TV"s Pulitzer Prize)
- Broadcast (Prod.)
- PBS (WGBH Nova series)
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