The Edmonton Branch of UNA-Canada is pleased to host a screening of Breathtaking, a documentary on Canada’s international role in the asbestos industry as a part of Human Rights Week at the University of Alberta.
When: Friday, December 6, 2013.
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Introduction of the film and screening
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Q & A with film director Kathleen Mullen (to be confirmed)
Where: University of Alberta, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) L1-140. Map
Asbestos was coined the ‘magic mineral’ for its extraordinary capacity to protect against fire and was used in everything from brake pads to oven mitts. Discovered to be carcinogenic, the use of asbestos was banned in many countries and the use of it limited in others. However, up until 2012, Canada has mined asbestos and exported it for use in developing nations, and only this year, the Government of Canada suspended its financial support of the asbestos industry.
Breathtaking was produced and directed by Kathleen Mullen, Toronto filmmaker and programmer and University of Alberta alumna, who takes the audience on an investigative journey from her family’s home in British Columbia to Quebec, India and Detroit, painting a global, yet still personal picture of the many lives affected by the continued use of asbestos. For more information and to view the trailer, please visit www.kathleenmullen.com/breathtaking
Human Rights Week at the University of Alberta runs from November 27, 2013, until December 10, 2013, providing an opportunity to raise awareness of human rights education, equality, diversity and human rights at the university. It also encompasses several important international human rights day observances including International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3) and International Human Rights Day (December 10). You can see the full description of scheduled events at http://disclosure.ualberta.ca