International law prohibits the disposal of toxic waste across international borders — however, nothing prevents the sale of old and worn out ships to another company and their transportation across borders while still containing asbestos and other toxins used in their manufacture. Under phantom owners and shell corporations, they end up on the beach in Alang — to be cut apart by men using only their bare hands, cutting torches, winches and cranes. And they die in the process. Over 300 deaths occur annually. Health care and disability pensions are non-existent.
The visual imagery of this film is spectacular and its message is clear. This 73 minute, National Film Board of Canada video will be of interest to those concerned about the environment, inequality of income, social justice and labour studies — and also to those with a love of the sea and ships that sail on them.
This dvd is available for loan from the OPIRG McMaster Resource Centre
Link to NFB site for film http://onf-nfb.gc.ca/en/our-collection/?idfilm=51361