A few months ago, I was contacted by documentary film maker Min Sook Lee, a Korean-Canadian writer and an award-winning documentary director/producer. Min has made a number of films that explore intense political, social and cultural topics ... but it wasn't until she experienced motherhood that she sctrutinized her journey so closely.
As a new mom, Min was shocked and overwhelmed by the sheer amount of chemicals and toxins that her baby was exposed to on a daily basis. I met and talked with her during her quest to understand the often confusing path of green parenting. Her film, My Toxic Baby, examines her search as a new mom for safe, sane and affordable ways to raise her child in a world embedded with toxic threats. Here's an excerpt:
"A recent study found plastic baby bottles leach bisphenol A, a developmental, neural, reproductive toxicant linked to exposure to cancers, impaired immune function, early onset of puberty, obesity, diabetes, and hyperactivity, to name a few. The caution list continues. Petroleum products in her bath rinse; I can't pronounce half the ingredients that are in her diaper rash cream. The teething toy she sucks on has orange plastic filled with liquid. Some manufacturers have removed PVC from their products, especially those intended to be put into children’s mouths. But no law requires or regulates these products and few are labeled. Welcome to the world of My Toxic Baby."
I'm really looking forward to catching this film. It's slated to premier at the Toronto International Film Festival this September and will hopefully make it's way south over the next few months. In the meantime, check out the trailer: