Last night I was invited to the NYC screening of the new HBO Documentary Mann v. Ford. An interesting story about the struggles of people versus a large multinational corporation. The movie revolves around the dumping of paint and chemicals in northern NJ. A location now labeled an EPA Superfund Site.
Rather than discuss the politics, outcome, or the historical attitude and performance of Ford - you can see the film when it airs next week - July 18th on HBO.
One of my high school friends (Kevin Madonna) has a lead role so I am impressed and proud of his national debut. It was neat to see Robert Redford who's son Jamie is the Producer.
There is a great website which shows some amazing images from the area. These images are worth seeing.http://toxiclegacy.northjersey.com/
"MANN v. FORD" CHRONICLES THE EPIC BATTLE OF NEW JERSEY'S RAMAPOUGH MOUNTAIN INDIANS AND THEIR MASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY WHEN THE DOCUMENTARY DEBUTS JULY 18, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
The Ramapough Mountain Indians have lived in the hills and forests of northern New Jersey, less than 40 miles from midtown Manhattan, for hundreds of years. In the 1960s, their neighbor in nearby Mahwah, the Ford Motor Company, bought their land and began dumping toxic waste in the woods and abandoned iron mines surrounding their homes.
Ford has acknowledged the dumping. In the 1980s, the Ramapough's homeland was placed on the Environmental Protection Agency's list of federally monitored Superfund sites - and supposedly cleaned up by Ford. However, thousands of tons of toxic waste were left behind.
|People in the film discuss the situation afterwards|
|One of the featured reporters|
|Robert Redford and Vicki - Attorney in film|
|Attorney Kevin Madonna and one of the producers|
All images shot with the FinePix X100.
|Jamie and Robert Redford|