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Poisoning Paradise – 1:00pm

October 26, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:17 pm


• Environment Series

Poisoning Paradise

Directors: Keely Shaye Brosnan and Teresa Tico
With: John Aana, Alita Atay and Paul Achitoff
Documentary, Not Rated, 77 min. | USA

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SCREENING: Saturday, October 26 – 1:00 pm


“Fascinating, angering and important.” – Shelia Weller, New York Times best selling author and contributor to Vanity Fair

“An eye-opening … well-researched documentary.” – MALIBU SURFSIDE NEWS


Journey to the seemingly idyllic world of Native Hawaiians, where communities are surrounded by experimental test sites and pesticides are being sprayed upwind of their neighbourhoods. Poisoning Paradise details the ongoing struggle to advance bold new legislation governing the fate of their island home. In an attempt to diversify an economy that was overly reliant on tourism, policymakers in both Hawaii and Washington, D.C. encouraged the world’s largest biotech companies to utilize Kauai’s favourable climate and fertile soil to test genetically engineered seeds and crops. Interviews with local residents, scientists, and healthcare professionals reveal the hardships and ecological dangers of intensive and continuous pesticide applications and the environmental injustice thrust upon people living in one of the most sacred, biologically unique and diverse locations on earth. Award-winning investigative journalist Paul Kolberstein describes Kauai as “one of the most toxic agricultural environments in all of American agriculture.”


WON – Brosnan Award, Hawaii European Cinema Film Festival, 2017
WON – Feature Documentary Award of Recognition, Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, 2017
WON – Best Documentary Film, Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, 2017
WON – Best Feature Film, Irvine International Film Festival, 2018
WON – Audience Choice Award, Malibu Film Festival, 2018





October 26, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:17 pm


Barrie Film Festival


Uptown Theatre
55 Dunlop St. W.
Barrie, Ontario L4N 1A3 Canada
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