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Social Issues Series

This is a series of objective documentaries that addresses important and often controversial social issues in the U.S. Programs available on 10 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 10-Disc Set. For pricing call in US: 800.876.2447/Intl. 603.434.9262 or e-mail Click for more

Tom's River, NJ: The Thirst for Truth

Tom's River, NJ: The Thirst for Truth

"Recommended. This documentary tells the story of families living in a town affected by toxic pollution. The viewer gets a very good sense of the human toll through interviews conducted with the people affected. The use of historical photographs and footage show the piece was well researched." -EMRO Review
The film Erin Brockovich raised awareness toward industry's arrogance towards environmental issues, and this documentary charts a similar story focusing on Toms River, New Jersey, which ranks among the most polluted areas in the United States, according to Federal research. This far from enviable record is due to unauthorized dumping by the chemical giant, Union Carbide, and to toxic emissions of a Swiss multinational company, Ciba. To date there are 113 children suffering from cancer in the area; also 50 have died. This program records the struggle and confusion among the families affected by the diseases, as well as looking at the actions of the chemical companies that are engaged in a controversial clean-up operation. Footnote: "Under the supervision of a mediator, a settlement was reached in the Tom's River case and today Ciba Specialty Chemicals and Union Carbide continue to implement cleanups at two Superfund sites - the Ciba-Geigy Superfund site and Reich Farms site. All involved agreed that a settlement would best advance the community's interest and involvement in the public health issues being studied." -Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP. Produced by TSI, Inc. 2008 JSCA 32 min.

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