On April 23, 2010, Sweden released Stefan Jarl's film Underkastelsen (Submission)- "in defense of the unborn." Since the end of WWII, modern humans have been exposed to 100,000 chemicals a day in a society that has created roughly 500,000 million tons of chemicals. Featuring 23 professors and scientists from the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Finland, Denmark, and Sweden, Stefen Jarl's film exposes these chemicals, many of which are housed in our blood due to our daily exposure to such things as softeners (phthalates), flame retardants (PBDE), and surfactants (PFOS, PFOA). Jarl seeks to find out just what problems these chemicals can cause, and the lingering effects they can have on unborn children.
Last week an international version of the film with narration in English by actor Stellan Skarsgård was screened at a meeting of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. The CSD met to discuss issues of chemicals, waste management, transportation, mining and sustainable consumption & production pattern with world leaders. Now that an international copy of the film exists, we will hopefully see it released to the US public in the relative near-future.
Click here to watch the trailer.