The Centre for Investigative Journalism will be showing a Romanian documentary at the CIJ film week 2013, in London:
THE POISON IN OUR HOMES
(Romania 2011; Director: Andrei Ciurcanu; Producer: Carmen Avram)
Friday 18 January 2013, 6.00pm
The FPA at the Commonwealth Club, 25 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AP
UK Premiere; Language: Romanian with English subtitles
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.
Details on http://www.tcij.org/film-week/poison-our-homes
In the heart of the Romanian city of Turda only a short distance from the international tourist attraction Salina Turda (Turda Saltmines), on the ruins of a former chemical plant, children and adults breathe mercury vapor and carcinogenic dust while collecting a few pounds of scrap. They have been doing it for 10 years and nobody told them it was fatal. A large private company was supposed to clear the area for a huge and some say dubious cost of €70m. But nothing has been done. No official expert dares to visit the site; too afraid of being poisoned. This documentary uncovers what is left behind when a dangerous chemical plant is 'safely' shutdown, and the effect it has on the environment and local people who are trying to make a living out of the deadly ruins.
Highly Commended, AIB Awards, Investigative Documentary Category, 2011.
The Romanian Television Professionals Association “Human Condition” Award, 2012
The Jury Prize, TV Mania, Romanian TV Guide, 2011
Flacara magazine's Journalism Award, 2011