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06-03-11 Ivory Coast film in DC

06-03-11 Ivory Coast film in DC

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Published by William J Greenberg
This film chronicles the odyssey of a toxic oil waste shipment on board the Probo Koala, a ship used by Trafigura, the world's largest oil and commodities trading company, as a floating refinery to process dirty oil bought from Mexico. One of the biggest environmental disasters of the decade occurred on August 19, 2006 when the ship’s toxic cargo was unloaded and dumped at waste dumps and roadsides across the city of Abidjan, the Ivory Coast’s largest city.
This film chronicles the odyssey of a toxic oil waste shipment on board the Probo Koala, a ship used by Trafigura, the world's largest oil and commodities trading company, as a floating refinery to process dirty oil bought from Mexico. One of the biggest environmental disasters of the decade occurred on August 19, 2006 when the ship’s toxic cargo was unloaded and dumped at waste dumps and roadsides across the city of Abidjan, the Ivory Coast’s largest city.

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Published by: William J Greenberg on Mar 07, 2011
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For those of you who are in the DC area:As part of the DC Envionmental Film Festival (if you're in the DC area and not aware of theEFF, you should find out about it), Georgetown University has a 3-hour program on March 18(starts at 6pm), and 27 minutes of it will be devoted to a showing of the film The Stinking Ship.(99 minutes go to the film Black Wave - The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez.). Here is a writeupfrom the EFF website (www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org
 
):Washington D.C. PremiereSTINKING SHIP, THEMARCH 187:50 PMDirected by: Bagassi KouraVenue: <http://www.georgetown.edu/>Georgetown UniversitySelections from the <http://www.unaff.org/>United Nations Association Traveling FilmFestival<http://www.unaff.org/>Shown as part of the multi-day, multi-venue Energy Film SeriesTHE STINKING SHIP (Ivory Coast/ USA, 2010, 27 min.)Washington, D.C. Premiere This film chronicles the odyssey of a toxic oil waste shipment onboard the Probo Koala, a ship used by Trafigura, the world's largest oil and commodities tradingcompany, as a floating refinery to process dirty oil bought from Mexico. One of the biggestenvironmental disasters of the decade occurred on August 19, 2006 when the ship’s toxic cargowas unloaded and dumped at waste dumps and roadsides across the city of Abidjan, the IvoryCoast’s largest city. In recollection interviews, residents describe how a strange stench filled thecity and the unprecedented health catastrophe that followed. Using archival footage andconfidential documents, the film investigates the scandal. It also examines how a corporationwith revenues twice as large as those of the Ivory Coast was able to hold ransom the localgovernment while successfully preventing British media from reporting on the disaster and thecompany’s cover up. Directed and produced by Bagassi Koura.Panel discussion, moderated by <http://www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org/press.php?PressID=10&range=A-B#edwardbarrows>Edward Barrows, with<http://www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org/press.php?PressID=10&range=A-

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