75 years after the world's first nuclear bomb - codename Trinity - is secretly detonated in southern New Mexico, a Latina cancer survivor catalyzes a movement demanding justice for a legacy of lethal radiation.
DOWNWINDERS is the untold story of thousands of American citizens who were radiated by their own government. Never warned, acknowledged, or compensated, the New Mexico Downwinders have silently suffered generations of cancers. DOWNWINDERS follows Tina Cordova, a dynamic Latina business woman and cancer survivor, who has catalyzed a grassroots movement in south-central New Mexico to seek justice for the Native and Latinx communities who have suffered from the 1945 Trinity Test.
I was astonished to discover the untold tragedy of the Trinity bomb, I am making this film to witness the people’s narrative for voices not yet heard. We should not just let the US government's scientific achievements be the only picture in the frame about Trinity.
Hopefully by shining a lens on this tragic scenario, the affected communities will get the recognition and justice they deserve.
Director Lois Lipman
Lois Lipman (Director/Producer) is an Emmy and Peabody award winning 30 year career documentarian who field produced 24 international stories for CBS News 60 Minutes and produced hour long documentaries for Channel 4 – UK and the BBC. Lois has worked in countries including Cuba, India, Israel, Dominican Republic and has filmed in Guantanamo Bay and Gaza. A curious and passionate storyteller, Lois takes us intimately and respectfully into new worlds and cultures. Her film TIL DEATH DO US PART – DOWRY DEATHS IN INDIA follows a heroine fighting to stop the crime of dowry deaths in India. Due to that country’s censorship, Lois developed and produced the film for 60 Minutes while undercover. Its airing controversially made headlines in the Times of India and led to changes in the law in India, first time ever convictions, and new protections for women. The film was awarded ‘Best Documentary of the Year’ by American Women in Television.
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