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In Our Own Backyard
The First Love Canal

First brush the U.S. had with toxic waste at Love Canal.

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59 minutes
Produced by Lynn Corcoran



A classic video documentary on the nation's first encounter with toxic waste, it provides a complete and moving account of the way the people involved, both in government and in the community, responded to a frightening situation.

It shows the complexity of the democratic process in action, as government officials struggled with a new set of questions -- weighing not only what government should do, but what it could do in the first environmental emergency of its kind -- while residents, brilliantly led by Lois Gibbs, formed their own views of these questions and developed strategies including public protest and a skillful use of the media to influence government's response.



Grade Level: 9-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1983     Copyright Date: 1982
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-735-3     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-264-4




Reviews
"Heartrending program...promotes realization of the magnitude of the potential tragedies seeping through the country's soil...needs to be seen in public libraries, civic action groups, and schools."
Booklist

"An historic document that carries the poignancy of a profound human problem with the balance necessary to understand it without polemics."
Anthony Bannon, The Buffalo News

"The film can work well in any one of a number of science, health, environmental science, and social science classes. The complexity of the many issues and problems it brings out encourages activities such as debate, role play, simulation, and independent research, with a premium on the development of critical thinking skills."
Curriculum Review


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In Our Own Backyard


"Heartrending program...needs to be seen in public libraries, civic action groups, and schools." Booklist

Awards and Festivals
Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival
Best of Category, Audubon International Environmental Film Festival
Third Place Award, U.S. Film and Video Festival
Merit Award, Athens International Film and Video Festival
Honorable Mention, Global Village 8th Annual Documentary Festival

Subjects
Activism
American Studies
Biography
Capitalism
Environment
Environmental Justice
Health
Humanities
Law
Social Psychology
Toxic Chemicals
Women's Studies


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The White Hole
Amusing animated film about our response to the toxic waste crisis.


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