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Shipbreakers

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As visually mesmerizing as it is compelling, Shipbreakers takes the viewer into the heart of Alang, India, a vibrant shantytown where 40,000 people live and work in the most primitive conditions.

Since the early '80s, the rusting hulks of thousands of the world's largest ships have been driven onto the remote beaches of Alang, off the Arabian Sea, to be dismantled, piece by piece. Sold for scrap, the ship owners rarely bother to abide by the UN Basel Convention, which bans shipments of transboundary waste. One worker a day, on average, dies on the job, some from explosions or falls, but many will contract cancers caused by asbestos, PCBs and other toxic substances.

Shipbreakers vividly captures both the haunting beauty of the ships and the deplorable conditions of the workers--in an unforgettable portrayal where Third World ingenuity meets 21st century global economics.

2004, 72 min 48 s

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Gemini Award for Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series (Derek Rogers)
Gemini Awards
November 17 to 19 2005, Toronto - Canada

First Prize - Golden Deer Award - with a cash prize of 7,000€ (approx 10,300$Cdn)
Ecofilms Festival
June 21 to 26 2005, Rhodes - Greece

Golden Sheaf Award - Category: Best Director non fiction
Yorkton Film Festival
May 26 to 29 2005, Yorkton - Canada

Golden Sheaf Award - Category: Best Nature / Environment Documentary
Yorkton Film Festival
May 26 to 29 2005, Yorkton - Canada

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