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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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Prix Gemini décerné à la meilleure photographie - série documentaire (Derek Rogers)
Gemini Awards
Du 17 au 19 novembre 2005, Toronto - Canada

Premier prix - Golden Deer - assorti d'une bourse de 7,000€ (approx 10,300$Cdn)
Ecofilms Festival
Du 21 au 26 juin 2005, Rhodes - Grèce

Prix Gerbe d'Or - catégorie: Meilleur réalisation documentaire
Festival de film de Yorkton
Du 26 au 29 mai 2005, Yorkton - Canada

Prix Gerbe d'Or - catégorie: Meilleur documentaire nature / environnement
Festival de film de Yorkton
Du 26 au 29 mai 2005, Yorkton - Canada

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