Toxic Trespass

Toxic Trespass

| 52 min

This feature documentary is an investigation into the effects of the chemicals we are all exposed to in our daily lives. The film begins with the filmmaker Barri Cohen’s own 10-year-old daughter, whose blood carries carcinogens like benzene and the long-banned DDT. Then, it heads out to Windsor and Sarnia: Canadian toxic hotspots, with startling clusters of deadly diseases. The film presents passionate activists working for positive change, along with doctors and scientists who see evidence of links between environmental pollution and health problems. Carried by Cohen's passion for truth and her disarming openness, this moving documentary is essential viewing for anyone concerned about the effects of pollutants on our - and our children's - very DNA.

Toxic Trespass is accompanied by a comprehensive guidebook for educators, activists and concerned citizens, produced by the Women's Healthy Environment Network.

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  • executive producer
    Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg
    Silva Basmajian
  • producer
    Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg
    Mehernaz Lentin
    Anita Lee
  • director
    Barri Cohen
  • writer
    Barri Cohen
  • editor
    Paul Winestock
  • music composer
    Richard Pell
  • cinematographer
    Mark Caswell
    Christian Bielz
    Stephen Adamcryck
    Christopher Romeike
    Barri Cohen
  • sound recordist
    Bob Rouse
    Peter Sawade
    Ao Loo
    Jason Mulligan
    Steve French
    Mike MacClymont
    Peter Jones
    François Proulx
  • artistic director
    Sam Javanrouh
  • 2D animation
    Justin Mencel
  • technical director
    Brad Wall
  • re-recording engineer
    Stephen Traub
  • principle research consultant
    Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg
  • stock footage research
    Kathleen Maitland Carter