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My Toxic Baby
A film by Min Sook Lee
Canada, 2009, 46 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. WW10992
This eye-opening, often amusing documentary by the director of Tiger Spirit, winner of Canada’s prestigious Donald Brittain Gemini Award, records the filmmaker’s quest for safe, sane and affordable ways to raise her child in a world embedded with toxic threats and still lead a normal life. Although new mother Min Sook Lee breast fed her daughter from birth, she used baby bottles too, only to discover that they leached a chemical byproduct linked to impaired health and serious diseases. This set in motion a journey that exposes hidden dangers in infant bath soaps, diaper rash creams, teething toys and many everyday products from an industry largely unregulated by law. For Lee, it also uncovers risks posed by our own homes and chemical contaminants we carry within our own bodies.

Her search introduces us to others, including nursing mothers and parents helping to build youngsters’ natural immune systems, who are seeking alternative choices themselves and finding healthier, environment-friendly ways to rear their children. A personal essay that packs a punch, MY TOXIC BABY throws a spotlight on non-hazardous options that are available in our chemically saturated world, and further emphasizes women’s particular concerns about environmental hazards and health.



AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS

  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Anchorage International Film Festival
  • Guelph Festival of Moving Image

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    “A great resource for raising awareness about some of the most pressing environmental health issues we face today.”
    Danielle Roth-Johnson
    Visiting Asst. Professor of Women’s Studies, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

    “A potent and inspiring film for everyone…[It] will open your eyes to the toxic world around you."
    Tatyanna Wright
    Writer, Maternity Lifestyle Expert & Founder, Haute Mama

    “What separates [this film] from the herd is its uncommonly intimate, personal dimension — which does not preclude its pointing towards wider implications.”
    Adam Nayman
    Metro News Canada

    “[A] realistic investigation of the various "alternative" parenting options: [Lee] dares to consider the costs involved and whether it would be practical for her to implement them with her own family.”
    Chandra Menard
    www.blogto.com

    “BPA. Lead. Melamine. [An] intimate and alarming look at the numerous toxins found in a baby’s products and environment. Urgent, emotional and highly personal.”
    Toronto International Film Festival

    "Attention grabbing...recommended."
    EMRO

    “Min Sook Lee's Toxic Baby is a nuanced and thoughtful look at how overwhelming the world can suddenly loom when you're pregnant or gazing at your tiny, growing baby. She chronicles -- with both horror and wry humor -- her own awakening to the unsafe environment surrounding her daughter: the neurotoxins, hormone disruptors, and carcinogens that lurk everywhere from toys to breast milk and infant formula, food, crib mattresses, and kitchen cabinet paint. She places her own journey into context by creating compelling portraits of some of the quirkier and more thought provoking denizens of the eco-community. It's her ability to assimilate these different perspectives and to balance and act on what she learns that makes Toxic Baby a wonderful and personal introduction to the common sense world of 'green parenting.'”
    Alexandra Zissu
    The Conscious Kitchen (2010), The Complete Organic Pregnancy (2006)

    “…ideal for facilitating discussions about work-life balance, anxiety around motherhood, and classic feminist debates about nature and culture.”
    Erin Marie Arizzi
    Films for the Feminist Classroom

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