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Cinema Politica

A powerful reminder of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land and water

  • 7pm, Wednesday, March 30
  • Room 216, Young building, Lansdowne campus

Everyone welcome; admission is by donation.

Living Downstreamchronicles ecologist and cancer survivor, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, PhD, as she travels across North America, breaking the silence by discussing the link between cancers and toxins drifting within our environment.

Sandra’s interest came from personal experience. Cancer seems to run in Sandra’s family. Raised in small-town Illinois, she was diagnosed with bladder cancer when she was just twenty years old. Her mother, aunts and uncles have all struggled with cancer, one dying of the same form of bladder cancer affecting Sandra. But while cancer runs in her family, she cannot say that it runs in her genes.  Sandra is adopted.  This unusual twist led Sandra to ask what else families have in common besides their DNA.  The answer is all around us: our environment.

The film offers both poetic and scientific insight into two journeys with Sandra: her private struggles with cancer and her public fight to bring attention to the human rights issue of cancer prevention. Following invisible toxins as they migrate to some of the most beautiful places in North America, Living Downstream shows how these chemicals enter our bodies and how, once inside, scientists believe they may be working to cause cancer.

Post-film discussion

A post-film discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Tim Lambert. He has worked in public health, and environmental health for several years, working with several communities on understanding and mitigating the health risks on environmental contamination. His primary research is on the contamination at the Sydney tar ponds in Nova Scotia. Dr. Lambert has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, and Master of Environmental Science and Engineering, and a PhD in Public Health Science.

Cinema Politica is co-sponsored by Camosun's School of Arts and Science, Students for a Democratic Society, and other student groups on campus. For more info, contact English instructor Jeanne Iribarne at

Last updated: March 22, 2011 1:42 pm

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