CELA supports Toronto Premiere of “Breathtaking”

A personal Investigation into the present-day use of asbestos

Feb 24 2011

Join us for the Toronto premiere of the documentary film, Breathtaking: A personal Investigation into the present-day use of asbestos from Director of Programming of Planet in Focus, Kathleen Mullen

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24th at 7:00PM at the ROM Theatre, 100 Queen’s Park, south entrance.

Pay what you can at the door (proceeds donated). To reserve a seat in advance or for more information about the screening contact breathtakingfilm@gmail.com

Director: Kathleen Mullen
Canada, 2010, 43 min.

Documentary Breathtaking produced and directed by Kathleen Mullen, local filmmaker and programmer, takes on the asbestos industry through a moving and personal investigation into her father’s death from an asbestos-related disease and the historical and present-day use of asbestos. Valued since the beginning of time and commercially mined since the Industrial Revolution, 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. Canada, along with Russia and several other countries, still mines asbestos and exports it for use in developing nations.

With family photographs, clips of her father’s deposition that he made before he died, Super 8 home movies and an investigative journey from her family’s home in British Columbia to Quebec, India and Detroit, Mullen tells her family’s story and that of so many others affected by the continued use of asbestos. As Kathleen Mullen says on the making of her documentary, “As I began Breathtaking, everyone to whom I mentioned I was making the film responded with a personal story of their own and I soon realized that this story was a lot bigger than just my own family’s grief.”

Co-presented by Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and Planet in Focus (PIF).

Supported by:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), The Canadian Autoworkers (CAW), Toronto Labour Council, Prevent Cancer Now (PCN), Right on Canada and Women's Healthy Environments Network (WHEN)

The night will include remarks by Pat Martin, MP, who has been a tireless advocate to end Canadian production and use of asbestos. Immediately following the film showing will be a panel with the director, members of her family and other special guests.