[Marxism] Mann V. Ford

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jul 17 19:20:25 MDT 2011


If someone asked you what came to mind when it came to a huge 
multinational corporations dumping toxic waste on indigenous peoples’ 
land, you are likely to think of far-off places like Ecuador where 
Chevron refuses to pay for the to land, water and the health of native 
peoples caused by oil run-off. This conflict between Indians and Chevron 
was documented in the film “Crude” that represented advocacy film-making 
at its finest.

As it turns out, a similar drama unfolded not 40 miles from New York in 
the 1990s when the Ramapough Mountain Indians sought damages against 
Ford Motor for dumping the toxic waste from their Mahwah plant into the 
soil, water and abandoned iron mines where the native peoples lived. A 
documentary titled “Mann V. Ford” that is every bit as powerful as 
“Crude” tells their story tomorrow night at 9pm on HBO, the premium 
cable channel that is one of the best places to go on television for 
hard-hitting political material. It is a sad commentary on the state of 
PBS’s Frontline that you need to go to cable TV to see such a film.

full: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/mann-v-ford/




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