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Shall We Gather at the River

Shall We Gather at the RiverOVERVIEW

Genre: Feature Documentary
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA
Running Time: 92 mins
Medium: NTSC DVD-R
Rights: All Rights Available

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CAST & CREW

Director: Don McCorkell
Producer: Don McCorkell
Director of Photography: Robert Nelms
Editor: Robert Nelms and Don McCorkell
Writer:
Researcher: Bruce Guthrie
Music: Keith Power
Producer's Representative: Ostrow and Company

REVIEW

McCorkell interviews top experts from around the world to show you WHY you must take QUICK and EASY ACTIONS NOW TO PROTECT YOURSELVES and your loved ones.

"This could be the biggest environmental scandal of all time. The risk to human health is enormous. It's all real and currently happening across America!" -- Don McCorkell, Producer/Director (and former legislator)

"Every year one in four Americans comes down with a food borne illness"

"We are no facing a future where a simple scrape can turn into a mortal wound. We are running out of an aresenal of antibiotics. People are coming in with infections that the first line of drugs don't affect anymore." -- Michael Greger, MC, Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture, Humane Society United States

"Bacteria can swap genes for antibiotic resistance across species. Most people don't know that." -- Dr. Lawrence Cahoon, Professor of Marine Biology, University of North Carolina

"83% of chickens have salmonella or campylobacter or both." -- Consumer Reports

This film is about "mini Chernobyls" across the country. Scientists and health officials have raised grave concerns aboust so-called "factory farms". They are causing vast environmental damage and risk to human health.

SYNOPSIS

A hundred years ago one man wrote a book that changed America. The man was Upton Sinclair. The book was “The Jungle.” It exposed the scandalous rancid health conditions
inside the country’s meat processing plants and led to the passage of landmark federal legislation that regulated health and sanitation in meat processing for the first time in our history.

A heart stopping new documentary, “Shall We Gather at the River” has just been released which exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. The health and environmental damage documented in today’s factory farms far exceeds the damage that Sinclair could have imagined a century ago. Some scientists have condemned current factory farm practices,
calling them “mini Chernobyls.”

The European Union stands virtually alone in establishing strong health and environmental standards for the industry. In the U.S and elsewhere the meat and poultry industry is dominated by dangerous use of arsenic, antibiotics, growth hormones and by the dumping of massive amounts of sewage in fragile waterways and environments. The film documents the vast catastrophic impact on the environment and public health. It focuses on individual lives damaged and destroyed.

As one observer noted, if terrorists did this, we would be up in arms, but when it is a fortune 500 company, it is just “business as usual.” The film follows the work of a
handful of courageous activists and leaders who have faced intimidation and death threats and witnessed the profound impact of political abuse and corruption. In 1906, public
outrage at the scandal exposed by Sinclair led to major reforms that cleaned up a corrupt and dangerous system. It is the hope of the filmmakers of “Shall we gather at the River” that their film will mobilize a similar public outcry for reform.