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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Video Project
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Iceland
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2013
Available in French: No

Aluminum is an integral part of our daily lives, from cooking pans and computers, to soda cans, cosmetics and vaccines. But how much do we know about its impact on human health and the environment?

Based on Bert Ehgartner’s groundbreaking book Dirty Little Secret – The Aluminum Files, The Age of Aluminum is the first film to explore the metal’s little-known darker side. Through interviews with leading scientists and researchers, along with the personal stories of several individuals, the film reveals how aluminum exposure has triggered serious health consequences and environmental damage. Representatives of the aluminum industry defend its safety record.

Long known as a neurotoxin, many scientists suspect aluminum is linked to such modern scourges as breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, allergies and autism. The documentary looks at how aluminum may be the “universal toxin” underlying the increase in epidemic levels of chronic illness and age-related neurological disorders.

Aluminum mining and manufacturing have also created acute environmental problems in several parts of the world. The film documents the devastating effects of aluminum mining in South America, as well as environmental disasters in Hungary and the UK.

Ultimately, The Age of Aluminum asks, why isn’t more research urgently being conducted on aluminum and human health, and what can we do now to avoid its negative impact on our lives?

ADVISORY – Includes scene of a woman with mastectomy
"Highly Recommended. The film juxtaposes high praise for aluminum’s role in the many amenities of modern life with the unstated downside, the dirty little secret.... Perhaps the most challenging, and interesting, aspect of the film is the appearance of dueling experts—highly trained scientists on both sides of the issue." – Educational Media Reviews Online

NOTE:  The DVD has two versions of the film - a 90 minute version and a 52 minute version


Official Selection:
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels, France
Transylvania International Film Festival, Romania
Washington Film Festival

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