Thursday April 30th, 2015

Toxic playground


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A unique story about waste business, responsibility and guilt.

During the 80’s the Swedish mining company Boliden sent almost 20 000 tonnes of toxic waste to the Chilean city Arica. Today, hundreds of children are sick, they call them “Blybarnen” (The Lead children).

Lars, a young filmmaker from Skellefteå in Sweden, meets the children in Arica and begin a search for the truth. In Sweden, he met Rolf, former manager of Environmental Affairs at Boliden and the man who in the eighties controlled and approved the export. Together, they go back to Chile to witness the consequences, and to meet the children.

Producer: Andreas Rocksén

Directors: Lars Edman, William Johansson

Awards: New Nordic Talent, Nordisk Panorama 2009, Best Film on Man and Nature, Pärnu International Film Festival, Prix de la Terre, Parisscience 2010, Le Grand Prix du FIGRA 2011, Prix Jury Jeunes FIGRA 2011, Prix ESL-Lille 2011.

Special mention: FIPA Youth, Biarritz 2010, Årets miljöjournalister (Environmental Journalists of the year 2010, Festival ImagéSanté, Liège 2012.

Official selection: Reykjavik International Film Festival 2010, Green Film Festival, Costa Rica 2009, International Film Festival, Ireland 2009, Tromsö International Film Festival 2010, Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2010, Docufest Atlanta 2010, DMZ-DOC, Seoul 2010, CNEX Documentary Film Festival, Taiwan 2010, FIFDH 2011, Paris, HumanDoc, Warsaw 2011.