Circle of Poison


Preceded by the short film “Unnecessary Evil,” directed by Justin Clifton, about uranium mines tailings pollution in the Colorado River affecting the Havasupai First Nations peoples in Arizona.

Circle of Poison follows what happens once a pesticide is banned in the United States for its dangerous health and environmental effects; companies are still permitted to manufacture it for export only. This policy sends a message to the world that American lives are more valuable, yet ironically these toxic pesticides circulate the globe and come back to the US as residues on imported food in the circle of poison.

Narrated by Elizabeth Kucinich and featuring interviews with President Jimmy Carter, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Professor Noam Chomsky, Senator Patrick Leahy, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Circle of Poison exposes the shocking practice of corporate profit in the toxic pesticide trade. It takes viewers across the globe, to India, Mexico, Argentina, Bhutan, and the United States, to document the emotional stories of victims and the inspiring ways communities are fighting back. (Dir. by Evan Mascagni and Shannon Post, 2016, USA, 71 mins, Not Rated) 

This is a rental of The Loft Cinema, presented by Physicians for Social Responsibility Arizona and International Indian Treaty Council.