Posted on January 7, 2019
As we approach our 15th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference, we are organizing exciting events surrounding the conference. One of these events is a screening of the asbestos documentary Breathless at George Washington University on Thursday, April 4th.
The film tells the story of Daniel Lambo, whose father worked for a Belgium asbestos company. Both Lambo and Eric Jonckheere, whose parents and two brothers died from mesothelioma, traveled to India to expose the truth behind asbestos mining and use. The documentary examines the impact on their life, as well as the relentless propaganda used by the industry to peddle asbestos in developing countries.
Following the screening of the film, there will be a panel of experts to discuss the social and legal impact of asbestos and the asbestos industry, and answer questions from the audience. Among the panel are Dr. Victoria McCloud, a Master of the Royal Courts of Justice (attending in a neutral capacity); Daniel Lambo, Breathless filmmaker; Robert Sussman, former Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator; Dr. David Michaels, Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health of the George Washington University, and myself- Linda Reinstein, Co-Founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.
The screening is open to George Washington students, graduate students, conference attendees, and the public. We are excited to kick the conference off with such an important screening, and to spread the word of our ban asbestos movement. It is important that we ignite the fire to fight, in students so they are able to help us make change for future generations. The time to ban asbestos is now, and the film and academic panel will show the significance of this fight.
We will post venue and registration information later on this month.