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Breathless screening shows asbestos continues to put lives in danger


Over 80 people attended including politicians, medical and law experts to view an explosive expose on the global asbestos industry this week.


The United Nations-backed documentary ‘Breathless’ sees filmmaker Daniel Lambo and barrister Krishnendu Mukherjee fight for answers following several deaths linked to an asbestos factory.


Their journey brings them face-to-face with covert spies and international corporations before finding answers at a remote town in India where thousands more face the same deadly fate.


Mr Mukherjee attended the exclusive screening at Glasgow’s Everyman cinema on Tuesday 25 February where he spoke with guests.​


Before the screening, he said: “Scotland is all too familiar with the damage caused by asbestos - literally thousands of people have died as a result of being exposed to asbestos in shipbuilding ports like that on the River Clyde.


“Asbestos use was banned in the UK 20 years ago but make no mistake - this is not a legacy issue.


“Our documentary focuses on one firm but it shows firms have wangled their way around prohibitions by simply moving abroad.


“Everything we’re unearthed so far proves asbestos remains in our present and Scotland, along with the rest of the world, has a moral obligation to act and ensure it does not poison our future.


“Lives are literally at stake.”


Among the attendees were three pupils from Clydebank High School who previously donated £3,000 to Clydebank Asbestos Group (CAG) after winning the huge sum in The Youth Philanthropy Initiative.


CAG manager Theresa Jones said: “After decades of tradesmen being exposed to the known danger of asbestos it was truly momentous when it was banned 20 years ago.


“However such a landmark move is tarnished if officials sit back and let foreign nationals die in our place.


“Breathless will strike a chord among thousands of Scots affected by asbestos-related diseases and I’m sure those who attended will agree that Mr Mukherjee’s words and the film were utterly moving."


Anyone wishing to donate to the filmmakers’ cause of helping clean up the pollution caused by the Indian asbestos mine can do so here - https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/indianesbestos/

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