El Salvador documentary on lead poisoning debuts at UBCO

In recognition of World Water Week at the UBC Okanagan campus, medical anthropologist Dr. Hugo De Burgos will premiere his documentary film, The Site of Lead.

In recognition of World Water Week at the UBC Okanagan campus, medical anthropologist Dr. Hugo De Burgos will premiere his documentary film, The Site of Lead, which examines how industrial operations found their way into local water supplies in the El Salvadorian community of Sitio del Niño with disastrous results.

This ethnographic documentary tells the story of this community’s subjective experience of lead contamination coming from a car battery factory operating in their community since 1997.

Residents of Sitio del Niño are still struggling to remove more than 32,000 ton of lead slag from their community and to decontaminate their natural environment and people.

The World Health Organization claims that more than 10 micrograms of lead per decilitre of blood in a person poses a serious health risk.

In the Sitio del Niño community, however, some people have more than 50 micrograms.

The film screening, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Community, Culture and Global Studies at UBCO.

The screening is on Wednesday, March 23, 7 p.m. in the ARTS 376 room.