À 17 ans, Emmanuel Roy perd son père d'un cancer de la plèvre, cancer de l'amiante. Il en a gardé une incurable inquiétude. Faire la part du feu, c'est sacrifier ce qui semble négligeable pour sauver l'essentiel. L'amiante protégeait de presque tout, à moindre coût, pour un profit maximum. Les risques pour la santé étaient connus mais négligés. Entrainé par son inquiétude, Emmanuel Roy part à la découverte des contrecoups personnels, concrets, quotidiens, de cette histoire collective.
Emmanuel Roy triumphantly uses cinema here to show up the things that usually escape our eye, namely the toxic materials built into the very fabric of our daily lives for years. Extracts read out from the diary of Roy’s father when he had just discovered he was ill, horrifying scenes of asbestos disposal and the stories of those exposed to asbestos throughout their career all give a highly sensitive account of the impact of this ignominious omerta that has kept the secret for over a century, thanks to the free rein enjoyed by a few industrialists and the political cowardice of others.
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