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Sodom and Gomorrah

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As a nation, we’re obsessed with new technology. So many feel the need to have the latest gadget or software. But the leftover garbage  is far more dangerous than we could imagine. Agbogbloshie is a suburb of Accra, Ghana is known as a destination for legal and illegal exportation and environmental dumping of electronic waste (e-waste) from industrialized nations. As this trash is burned up, it represents a serious health threat to those in the area. The hardships and pain these people go through at the expense of this job is all seen through the lenses of Chris Caliman. The fumes released from the burning of the plastics and metals used in electronics are composed of highly toxic chemicals and carcinogens. Workers often inhale lead, cadmium,dioxins, furans, phthalates and brominated flame retardants. The more you watch, the more the biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorrah fits this grim situation.

Directed by: Chris Caliman

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