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“Poisoned Ground: The Tragedy at Love Canal” Film Preview & Discussion

April 12 , 7:00 am 8:40 pm EDT

Join PBS’s American Experience for a preview of POISONED GROUND: THE TRAGEDY AT LOVE CANAL, a new documentary film premiering Mon., April 22 at 9/8c on PBS stations nationwide.

Poisoned Ground: The Tragedy at Love Canal tells the dramatic and inspiring story of the ordinary women who fought against overwhelming odds for the health and safety of their families. In the late 1970s, residents of Love Canal, a working-class neighborhood in Niagara Falls, New York, discovered that their homes, schools and playgrounds were built on top of a former chemical waste dump, which was now leaking toxic substances and wreaking havoc on their health. Through interviews with many of the extraordinary housewives turned activists, the film shows how they effectively challenged those in power, forced America to reckon with the human cost of unregulated industry, and created a grassroots movement that galvanized the landmark Superfund Bill.

A panel discussion featuring film participants and makers will follow the preview.

Panelists:

Jamila Ephron (Writer, Producer, Director) has been producing and directing documentary films for nearly 20 years. Her most recent film was The Blinding of Isaac Woodard, which premiered on American Experience in 2022. Her previous works for the series include Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation and George W. Bush, among many other films.

Lois Gibbs was president of the Love Canal Homeowners Association and is also featured in the film. She led the successful effort to secure government-funded relocation and health testing for outer community residents. She is the founder and former executive director of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.

Carol Jones is a former resident of the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls, New York. She is a living witness interviewed in the film, who recounts the efforts of her, her mother, and her community at Griffon Manor housing project to advocate for the rights of renters in the face of the Love Canal disaster.

The conversation will moderated by Cameo George. Cameo is an Emmy Award-winning producer, writer and journalist with more than 20 years of experience in documentary, broadcast television and digital content production. George has produced, developed and commissioned innovative programming at CNN, NBC News, ABC News and more.

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