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Ridgefield Playhouse To Screen 'Silent Snow' Documentary

The Ridgefield Playhouse will screen the environmental documentary "Silent Snow: The Invisible Poisoning of The World" Sept. 8.
The Ridgefield Playhouse will screen the environmental documentary "Silent Snow: The Invisible Poisoning of The World" Sept. 8. Photo Credit: Provided

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Ridgefield Playhouse will screen a documentary on the environment called "Silent Snow: The Invisible Poisoning of The World" at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8.

The movie explores the structural pollution of the entire global environmental system.

In the film, Pipaluk, a young Inuit woman, searches for the silent assassin who slowly poisons her people in Greenland. A research journey through three continents makes it clearly evident persistent pesticides are not only threatening her own country, but the entire world. This feature documentary by award-winning Netherland’s director Jan van den Berg aims to raise international awareness of the issue.

Pipaluk meets the people behind the sources of pollution and discovers the heartbreaking dilemmas that lie at the heart of it. In Africa, for example, where some people are looking for alternatives for DDT, its grey poisonous clouds are a cheap way of saving millions of lives in malaria prevention. The disastrous health issues that result for the long term are conveniently put aside. In Central America, Pipaluk meets plantation workers who suffer from various diseases caused by the use of dangerous pesticides. In India, a river keeper who fights against the contamination of the river tells her people from his own community are threatening him as they depend financially on the chemical factories there.

A post-screening question-and-answer session with van den Berg and Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann, the subject of the film (via Skype), will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalists Ira Joe Fisher and Morton Dean.

For reserved seats ($10 adults, $7.50 seniors and $5 students), call the box office at 203-438-5795 or order online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org .

The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street.

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