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Crapshoot: The Gamble with Our Wastes

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A hazardous mix of waste is flushed into the sewer every day. The billions of litres of water - combined with unknown quantities of chemicals, solvents, heavy metals, human waste and food - where does it all go? And what does it do to us?

From ancient times, countries have chosen the sewer to get rid of household and industrial waste, yet the contaminants we flush resurface in our food chain. Fish swim through waste water dumped into rivers, while sewage sludge is spread on farmland as fertilizer.

Filmed in Italy, India, Sweden, the United States and Canada, this bold documentary questions whether the sewer is actually compounding our waste problems. While scientists warn of links between sewage practices and potential health risks, activists, engineers and concerned citizens challenge our fundamental attitudes to waste. Does our need to dispose of waste take precedence over public safety? What are the alternatives?

2003, 52 min 43 s

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Silver Plaque - Category: Documentary: Science / Nature at the Television Awards
International Film Festival
October 6 to 20 2005, Chicago - USA

Bronze Plaque - Category: Science and Technology
International Film and Video Festival
November 10 to 14 2004, Columbus - USA

Second Place - Category: Oceans, Water Quality & Watersheds
EarthVision Film & Video Festival
October 27 to 30 2004, Santa Cruz - USA

Golden Sheaf Award - Category: Best Science / Medicine
Yorkton Film Festival
May 27 to 30 2004, Yorkton - Canada

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