'Something In The Air' -- new film demonstrates that the effects of air pollution may be worse than we know

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"Something In The Air"  -- new film demonstrates that the effects of air pollution may be worse than we know. Image Copyright: Leif Caldor and and Zoot Pictures. Used with permission.

Matthew is a bright, active 10-year-old boy. He loves playing outside and just tried out for hockey. But he also has asthma, and had to leave the city and move to the country -- because he couldn't breathe. He doesn't live in Delhi or Beijing, his family had to move from Toronto. Pollution is killing tens of thousands of people every day around the world. And it's something that we as Canadians don't often think or talk about, but it's a growing problem and in some cases is starting to be seen as a global crisis.

Leif Kaldor and Face2Face host David Peck talk about the new film Something in The Air, pollution as a global and invisible crisis, behavioural change, nano particles, hot spots and mental health and why air is the great equalizer.

Cities across Asia and Europe have had to shut down and stop traffic to manage "airpocalypse" pollution events when the air is unsafe for the people who live there.

New research is showing the answer may be worse than we knew. Pollution causes a range of respiratory diseases, and even short exposure can change how our DNA functions. New science is finding that microscopic bits of air pollution may be able to travel from your nose directly into your brain, and could be causing dementia in humans.

About the director: Leif Kaldor, director/co-writer of Something in the Air, is a writer, director and producer of award-winning television and cross-platform projects. Eschewing professional motocross for business, Leif has been running small and medium-sized businesses since 1980 in emerging technology (satellite receiving systems), music (independent label and touring), interactive media, and film and television. Leif has directed drama, written and directed documentaries, written for radio, produced music CDs and videos, and been the creative force behind a range of interactive projects. In addition to his television awards, Leif is a Juno Award-winning music producer and a Gemini Award-winning multimedia producer. He directs lifestyle, documentary and dramatic programs.

Leif directed and co-wrote the one-hour CBC Doc Zone episode Remote Control War, which has won numerous awards including a 2011 Rockie Award; MS Wars for CBC The Nature of Things in 2012. He directed and co-wrote three seasons of the travelling food series The Prairie Diner and has directed documentaries on subjects as diverse as Shaolin Kung-Fu, fracking for shale gas, drones, and preachers who lose their faith.

Zoot Pictures documentaries are distributed worldwide. Their latest project, Something in the Air, about air pollution, aired in February 2019 on CBC The Nature of Things, and is distributed worldwide by PBS International.

 

Image Copyright: Leif Caldor and and Zoot Pictures. Used with permission.

F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.

For more information about David Peck's podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

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