Dog sledge early morning
04-15-2010
Soft ice in Saattut - by Jan van den Berg

A small settlement in North West Greenland. The heavy snow last night has made the ice even more unreliable than yesterday and it seems we’re unable to return to Uummannaq. Too much “soft ice”. Lars, a Danish never-no-fear guy who’s just back from Afghanistan, wants to go ahead alone and see if we can make it on our dog sledges. On his snow scooter it won’t take him more than an hour. But after some hours there is still no news from Lars...

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Dog sledge pproaching
04-13-2010
Expedition to the glaciers

Ole Jorgen Hammeken organized an expedition to the ice cap and one of the glaciers in Uummannaq bay with Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann (photo), the film crew and six dog sledges. New studies warn that - even after a complete ban of DDT - glacial melt water still contaminates the arctic, which has the studies say, “compelling consequences” if global warming should continue and intensify. Another reason to stop the production of DDT and other Persistent Oganic Pollutants. Photo: Viraj Singh

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Viraj on the boat
04-11-2010
An Indian in Greenland

Next week we'll start filming for the feature length film in Uummannaq and Illulissat. For cameraman Viraj Singh (photo) it’s the first time up north and he’s really looking forward to it. He's also one of the main characters in the making off. In that film “An Indian in Greenland” he comments on the Silent Snow story and especially the idea of India being responsable for all the pollution in the world. Of course, a lot of it comes from his country, but many western countries are also to blame. Photo: Jan van den Berg

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Pipaluk in Africa
03-23-2010
Poisoning people in Uganda - by Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann

I again flew 9 hours, but this time southwards - to Uganda. From Entebbe we drove to Kampala to pick up Ellady. Ellady works for Toxic Free Malaria Control in Uganda and he will join us on our trip to Lira in the north of Uganda. He did a lot of research in the region and knows exactly what happened there.

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Glory
03-16-2010
Illegal poison in Tanzania - by Jan van den Berg

Saturday morning in Terrat, a village in the Masai plains, six o’clock in the morning. I’m sitting in the dark. There’s no electricity and it’s impossible to start filming as planned...

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03-14-2010
Greed in Africa

We filmed in a recently DDT sprayed village in Northern Uganda. The interviews given by the responsable authorities in the ministry in Kampala proved to consist of merely lies. They had been paid by the chemical industry. It was not the care for their people that had forced the spraying, but it was just their turn to eat, an African expression for this extreme corruption. But sometimes justice prevails: during our stay he and some colleagues had been arrested and put in jail. Photo: Viraj Singh

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Malaria control experts held
03-12-2010
It's our turn to Eat - by Jan van den Berg

It’s our turn to eat, is a well known expression in East Africa and used especially when regime change give new leaders the possibility to fill their pockets through crime and corruption...

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Eloor
02-26-2010
An Indian struggle against pollution

The ferry over the beautiful Periyar river near Eloor, an island with 160 chemical factories. One of these factories produces DDT, a dangerous pesticide still widely used in India. In case of an accident people are trapped on the island, because the ferry closes at 9 PM.  Jose, appointed by Greenpeace as first river keeper in Asia, fights against the pollution of his river. But it doesn’t make him popular amongst his fellow islanders, because many are dependent on these factories. Photo: Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann

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Pipaluk in India
02-16-2010
Surviving and painting in India - by Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann

After a nine hour flight I arrived at Mumbai airport, where Jan and Subrato (local producer) picked me up. The next morning we met up with the rest of the crew and first went shopping for my tropical travel outfit. Cameraman Viraj understood exactly what I needed, and his friend directed us to the right shops through her mobile. Traffic in Mumbai (25 million inhabitants) is pretty busy and intense so we spent much time in the car.

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Photo Bertrand Lozay
01-24-2010
Premiere feature length Silent Snow planned for fall 2010

After 9 awards on International Film Festivals for the short film in which two girls examine the slow poisoning of their environment we’re already working on the long film. We follow Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann who’s traveling all over the world to the sources of this pollution. “That we, especially young women, can’t eat our food anymore. The mere thought of it made me crazy.” In different continents she faces heart breaking dilemma’s. The premiere of the feature length film is planned for the fall 2010. Photo Bertrand Lozay

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