DUST: The Great Asbestos Trial – Documentary Screening and Press Conference
VENUE: The Charles Aidikoff Screening Room
150 S. Rodeo Drive #140, Beverly Hills
12:00pm – 3pm, Friday, April 27th
12:00 – 12:30 Buffet Lunch
2:00 Press Conference: Niccolo’ Bruno (via Skype), Linda Reinstein, and Pepe Moreno
2:30 Q & A
About Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial
After years of preliminary investigations by Raffaele Guariniello, the “iron prosecuting attorney,” the first great criminal trial against the “Lords of Asbestos” opened in Turin in 2009 and ended with a 16-year prison sentence on the February 13th, 2012. All international trials related to asbestos so far had been civil proceedings aimed at awarding refunds to the victims or bringing down the local executives of the companies. The trial of Turin is the biggest environmental case in Europe, with more than 6000 victims in the plaintiff. Stephan Schmidheiny and Louis Cartier de Marchienne were convicted of “causing a continuing disaster in health and environment” and “willfully neglecting safety regulations in the workplace”. The film explores the current situation of India and Brazil in the light of the tragic trail of deaths provoked by asbestos in Italy in the past.
Written and Directed by: Niccolo Bruna and Andrea Prandstraller
Producer: Enrica Capra
Produced by: GraffitiDoc
Co-Produced by: RTSI-Pacte Audiovisuel Suisse
Cinemambiente Environmental Film Festival-Torino (2011)
2011 Prei: Special Mention Legambiente
Euganea Film Festival-Monselice (2011)
Parco Colli-Euganei Prize
Festival Internazionale del Reportage ambientale- Arenzano (2011) Jury- special mention. Unifidra special mention. Green Jury-special mention.
More than 30 years ago, the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared asbestos to be a human carcinogen. The World Health Organization, International Labor Organization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Surgeon General all agree: asbestos is a human carcinogen and there is no safe level of environmental or occupational asbestos exposure. Asbestos can cause mesothelioma and lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers, as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders. Every year around 107.000 people die globally as a consequence of an exposition to asbestos fiber.
In spite of all this, only 55 countries have banned asbestos, United States and Canada are not among them. The United States continue to compromise public health and violate human and civil rights by continuing to import tons of asbestos every year. More than 10,000 American die every year from preventable asbestos-caused diseases.
Niccolò Bruna, filmmaker and independent producer, was born in Turin, Italy. Niccolò has been experimenting with the expressive tools of documentary filmmaking since he attended the EICTV School in Cuba in 1998. For the past 14 years, Niccolò has aimed to create quality film productions with human interest and offer a fresh glance on powerful social issues. His films include, My Nigerian sisters, about the difficult conditions of three African girls trafficked to Europe and forced to work as prostitutes, Verso Casa (Homeward), on the difficult return back home in Albania, Nigeria, and Morocco of a group of migrants deported form Europe, Con la Carne de Mi Puerquito (With the meat of my piggy), about the restrictions on food in Cuba, and Tahormina-Taj Mahal, an ironic trip into the Italian-American community of Brooklyn.
Linda Reinstein, President/CEO and Co-Founder of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), became an activist when her husband, Alan, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2003. Since co-founding ADAO, Reinstein has been strong political voice to protect human and environmental rights violated by asbestos. Recognized as an expert, Reinstein frequently serves has a Congressional witness and has presented at the Department of Labor (OSHA), British House of Commons, United Nations Congress, American Public Health Association, and to audiences around the world. Focused on occupational and environmental disease prevention, Reinstein’s proficiency in social media advocacy has greatly increased the effectiveness of ADAO’s core mission of education, advocacy, and community support.
Pepe Moreno, an accomplished Spanish Comic Book artist, game designer with an experience of more than twenty years in comic books, game development, design and project management. He is best known in the United States for his digital graphic novel: Batman Digital Justice, published by DC comics. Pepe is the founder of amusedom.com- a self-publishing network for artists. He is part of the creative team that has been assembled to create an International Awareness Comic Book on this International Public Health Crisis, “Entertaining while Educating”.
Sponsored by: Italians in film, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Los Angeles, L.A Irish Film Festival, Scandinavian Film Festival, Labor Video project, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), Lightyear Digital Entertainment, Amusedom.com