Poisoned Lives: Secrets of the Chemical Industry

A film by Arthur Bouvart and Jules Giraudat
First broadcast November 11, 2016 on Canal+

Alice, Kenton, Bucky, and Rachna are the hidden victims of the chemical industry.

They grew up in India or the US, in towns built around plastic and pesticide factories.

Chemical giants Dow Chemical and Dupont not only finance local stadiums, schools and museums, but they have also been supporting the inhabitants of these towns for decades.  Offering an excellent wage and a comfortable retirement package, a job at Dow Chemical or Dupont marks the beginning of a glimmering future. These two family-owned businesses have become the number one companies in the chemical sector. Today, they make billions of euros in profit.


For a long time, this resounding success has masked the darker reality behind their practices. For several years, their factories have secretly dumped their toxic products into rivers, groundwater systems and soil. This pollution has affected thousands, causing disabilities, cancers and even death. No-one is safe: inhabitants and employees have all been affected. But the chemical giants will do anything to keep these tragedies a secret. Through the analysis of samples and confidential documents, the two directors gage the true extent of the contamination, and finally shed some light over years of lies and impunity. All that remains are the victims’ testimonies, those whose lives have been poisoned. Now they fight, in the hope that one day, the culprits will be brought to justice.