Distributor:  Global Environmental Justice
Length:  7 minutes
Date:  2015
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; Indonesian / English subtitles
Grade level: Viewer discretion: images of children affected by mercury poisoning
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available
Interactive transcript available

Curator

Curator imageRosemary P. Carbine, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Whittier College

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Gold's Lethal Toll in Indonesia

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Spotlights the alarming global rise of mercury pollution of air, water, and soil as well as severe disabilities, diseases, and death attributed to mercury poisoning in developing communities involved in small-scale gold mining, one of the major sources of mercury pollution worldwide.

Gold's Lethal Toll in Indonesia

Curator
This film was selected by Rosemary Carbine, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Whittier College  

Why I chose this film
Although this film lacks religious studies content, I chose it because it explores the effects of a growing global industry on ecological and public health. It offers religious studies students an opportunity to do independent research into whether or how religious groups are responding to this industry’s effects, which occur primarily in poor communities.

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Synopsis
This short film spotlights the alarming global rise of mercury pollution of air, water, and soil as well as severe disabilities, diseases, and death attributed to mercury poisoning in developing communities involved in small-scale gold mining, one of the major sources of mercury pollution worldwide. Through a case study of one community on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, this film examines the negative ecological and public health impacts of this industry, including neurological and child developmental problems.

Environmental Justice Focus
In Indonesia, the use of mercury in small-scale gold mining has huge health consequences for those living near mining operations. Toxic plumes and other forms of exposure cause neurological problems, bone deformities, vision loss, deafness, and even death.
- Excerpted from the Pulitzer Center website about the film www.pulitzercenter.org/reporting/indonesia-extracting-gold-mercury-exacts-lethal-toll

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Awards

This short film is part of a series on gold mining that won an Emmy Award for Larry C. Price and the PBS NewsHour team.

Citation

Main credits

Price, Larry (film director)
Price, Larry (director of photography)
Tobia, P. J. (narrator)

Distributor credits

PJ Tobia

PJ Tobia

Photography and videography by Larry C. Price, Produced by PJ Tobia for PBS NewsHour with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Docuseek2 subjects

Toxic Chemicals
Women's Studies
Environmental Justice
Asian Studies
Politics and Political Science
Water
Environmental Health
Illness, Disease and Disorders
Asia
Toxic Waste
Government Policy
Trade
Journalism and the Press
Environmental Science
Agriculture and Food
Working Conditions
Occupational Health and Safety
Mining Sector
Human Rights
Food
Global / International Studies
Film and Video Studies
Habitat Destruction
Pollution
Geography
Family Issues
South Asia
Women's Studies
Environmental Geography

Distributor subjects

Activism
Agriculture
Asian Studies
Capitalism
Consumerism
Development
Economics
Ecosystems
Environmental Health
Environmental Justice
Environmental Law
Environmental Policy
Ethics
Farming
Fishing
Food
Gender Studies
Global Issues
Globalization
Government
Health and Health Care
Human Rights
Indonesia
Labour Studies
Manufacturing
Mining
Occupational Health and Safety
Pollution
Public Health
Rivers
Science and Technology
Sustainability
Toxic waste
Water
Youth and Family

Keywords

Gold's Lethal Toll in Indonesia Larry Price, P.J. Tobia, PBS , Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, hydrocephalus, mercury intoxication, Indonesia (Sulawesi), globalization, mining, mercury pollution/poisoning, BaliFokus, Indonesian Ministry of Health, environmental health, public health, Puasi and Nyimas, Dita, Tahoonda, Parir, Dr. Stephan Bose-O’Reilly, Dr. Muchtarudin Mansyur, ; "Gold's Lethal Toll in Indonesia "; Global Environmental Justice

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