Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air is a timely, powerful look at fifty years of the Clean Air Act and the challenges we still face to ensure healthy air for everyone. Weaving historical milestones with current day stories of environmental injustice, the film is an excellent tool for educational and community engagement.
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A powerful and important film about one of modern America's most consequential laws.
Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air is a 30-minute film that weaves historical milestones of one the nation’s most critical health laws, the Clean Air Act, with current day stories of environmental injustice and community action. Nearly half of all Americans still live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution, particularly those in poorer communities. Asthma is the number one health issue for children in the U.S today. Recent research links air pollution to higher cases and deaths from COVID-19. Yet, environmental regulations and the enforcement of existing laws are being stripped away.
Directed and executive produced by award-winning filmmaker Maggie Burnette Stogner and produced by Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath, “Unbreathable” was made with support from the American Lung Association, AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking, AU’s Center for Environmental Policy, and the Hanley Foundation. Tax-deductible fiscal sponsor: American University.
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"Maggie Stogner's film 'Unbreathable' traces the history--and mixed successes--of the Clean Air Act, showing that this legal framework still has not addressed the racially disparate nature of air pollution. The case study on Louisiana's Cancer Alley focusing on the role of the state's powerful oil and gas industry in thwarting the implementation of clean air standards, and effects on low-income Black residents, was especially instructive as a teaching tool for my course on Environmental Justice."