Asbestos, the silent killer (1996)

A documentary by Barbara den Uyl

Millions of people throughout the world are dying because they have breathed asbestos fibres. The dangers of asbestos have been known for years, however this material has only recentle been banned in Holland. In other countries asbestos is still mined and exported to almost all countries of the Third World.
The film looks at victims of asbestos and tries to find an answer to why asbestos was not banned earlier in Holland in Holland and has still not been banned elsewhere in the European Community. We also see rare footage of an asbestos mine in Canada and the processing of raw asbestos into countless products in small cottage industries in India.


40 minutes / colour / optical sound / S-16mm / 35mm / Beta SP / VHS / Digi Beta
Direction/screenplay: Barbara den Uyl
Camera: Adri Schrover
Sound: Jac Vleeshouwers, Ludo Keeris, Hens van Rooy, Jane Snijders, Greg Lapp
Editing: Dorith Vinken
Music: Fons Merkies
Translation: Martin Cleaver
Production: Heleen Snuverink
Producer: Leen van den Berg

Distribution and sales: Van der Hoop Filmproducties

This film has been realised in India with financial support of the ASN Bank, Interkerkelijke Organisatie voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking, NCDO – duurzame wereld, Socialistische Partij

This film has been realised with financial support of KRO and Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Fund

© Van der Hoop Filmproducties / KRO 1996