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A documentary film about environmental causes of breast cancer – www.nofamilyhistory.org. Let’s stop it before it starts.
Family History turns the debate about breast cancer upside down by proposing solutions about prevention, rather searching only for a cure. We reveal how the pink mask of racing for the cure has hidden the profits and pain of the disease. A few dedicated experts tell the story of how they began to realize all the toxic exposures in daily life that could be causing the epidemic – toxics in their home and even their own personal care products. A few dedicated breast cancer activists relate how they tried to improve regulations to prevent breast cancer, and how they have changed their own lives to make it safer.
No Family History tells the story of Robin who is one of thousands of women forced to combat breast cancer in their lives. Breast cancer can strike anyone at almost any age, from any background, and can be discovered at any stage.
Robin Caslenova is a forty-four year old Jewish woman whose double mastectomy followed the unsuccessful removal of a cancerous lump. She lives on Long Island with her three children and husband. The film follows Robin and her family through her operation and months of chemotherapy. It links her personal story with the incredibly high incidence of breast cancer on Long Island, and the research that has attempted to explain the rates. For the first time on film, it shows the grueling reality of breast cancer treatment including graphic images of the operating room and chemotherapy.
In the spring of 2010, the British Petroleum Macondo facility broke, releasing millions of gallons of oil. It saturated the ocean and washed up on the shore. Local fishermen stopped fishing and starting cleaning up. People started to feel sick and local organizations like the Louisiana Bucket Brigade started to assess how the impacts of the oil were affecting the community. I began this project that fall with support from the National Science Foundation to study how citizen science could detect the impacts of the spill. My collaborator, Ben Kalina, and I filmed with Cajun community members across the Bayou of Southern Louisiana. The stories in this site are what we found. We return this fall of 2011 to the frontlines of America’s worst environmental disaster. We hope you will follow this journey with us from now and for years to come.
After the Cap is a tapestry from the Gulf of Mexico featuring people who were affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Each person featured below has experienced or witnessed impacts of the massive spill. Some are community activists, some are scientists, some are local businessmen and women. They are each featured in 1-3 video segments which have embedded links to outside resources and action steps, adding context to the layers of impacts that came from the worst environmental disaster in American history.
You can watch each person’s videos one at a time by selecting the buttons under their image, or you can pick from the options after the trailer is finished. Enjoy, and check out our Facebook page.