March 19, 2015
The residents of Grand Isle, the last inhabited barrier island off the coast of Louisiana, thought they were living in paradise until the 2010 BP oil spill hit their shores.
The film uses testimony from this island community to reveal the devastating repercussions that continue to plague them.
On April 20th 2010 the Deepwater Horizon, a Transocean-owned, BP-leased oil rig exploded. The blaze claimed the lives of 11 workers and the uncapped well gushed for 87 days pouring an estimated 4.2 million barrels of oil into the sea. It is considered the worst man-made environmental disaster in US history. The accident happened a 100 miles from Grand Isle, the last inhabited barrier island off the coast of Louisiana, 3 hours south of New Orleans…
The chemical dispersant, Corexit was used in unprecedented quantities during the oil spill. Corexit is a product line of oil dispersants used to dissolve oil spills. Rep. Edward Markey (D) of Massachusetts made a statement to Congress saying “BP carpet-bombed the ocean with these chemicals, and the Coast Guard allowed them to do so.” Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) whistleblower Hugh Kaufman has said that the dispersant is more toxic to humans and animals than the EPA has admitted, the EPA has known for decades that the combination of Corexit and oil is more toxic than the oil alone. According to Kaufman, Corexit was used during the BP oil spill to hide the amount of oil leaked, thereby saving the oil giant billions of dollars in fines. Chemist Wilma Subra states the short-term health symptoms include acute respiratory problems, skin rashes, cardiovascular impacts, gastrointestinal impacts, and short-term loss of memory… long-term impacts include cancer, decreased lung function, liver damage, and kidney damage.
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Founded in 1993, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital has become one of the world’s largest and most influential showcases of environmental film and a major collaborative cultural event in Washington, D.C. Each March the Festival presents a diverse selection of high quality environmental films, including many Washington, D.C., U.S. and World premieres. Documentaries, narratives, animations and shorts are shown, as well as archival, experimental and children’s films at venues throughout the city. Films are screened at partnering museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters and are attended by large audiences. Selected to provide fresh perspectives on global environmental issues, most Festival films are accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, environmental experts and special guests, including national decision makers and thought leaders, and are free to the public. The Festival’s Web site serves as a global resource for environmental film throughout the year.