DAD & THE DANDELIONS

Environmental filmmaker Andrew Nisker is proud to call himself an environmental activist. After the death of his father, from the blood cancer Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Andrew starts hunting for answers to his many questions about why this particular cancer, and where it came from. His search, to his surprise, takes him into the manicured world of golf. In this world of pearl white bunkers, and putting greens that look and feel like velvet, Andrew discovers that these “green spaces” are anything but. There’s a lot more than nature at work creating these perfect carpets. At a golf industry trade show he sees the array of chemicals on offer to achieve that championship perfection.

Andrew’s father’s had a passion for health and fitness. He loved to eat right, he took pride in sharing his knowledge about his healthy discoveries. But he rarely made the connection between environmental issues and personal health. To him, playing golf was a natural, healthy hobby. Walking the course with his bag on his back, taking in the sun, and breathing fresh air amongst the trees was his happy place.

Andrew’s journey reveals to him how little we know about the complex causes of cancers and how to assess the risk factors for those cancers. As he follows up on his hunt to find out more about pesticide use on golf courses, he asks: Can golfers themselves learn to kick the chemical habit? Can they learn to love dandelions a little more?

You can watch Dad and the Dandelions online at: http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episodes/ 

ORANGE WITNESS 

Orange Witness documents the marginalized voices of people who have been exposed to, and affected by Agent Orange. The film paints a bleak picture of the damage caused by the use of herbicides 2,4-D, 2,4,5-T and TCCD internationally. Historically, Agent Orange has been associated with war, but the industrial and domestic of use of the chemical is a story that has yet to reach the masses, until now. The film has been seen by over 1 million viewers through broadcasts on CBC DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL and film festival screenings where it garnered two awards in 2013.

Watch the trailer here: