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Act of Necessity

Act of Necessity (Ian Munro, 1991) wr. Pamela Williams; Angie Milliken, Mark Owen-Taylor, Wendy Strehlow; chemicals used in cotton industry cause cancer; drama; available for purchase from NFSA; 90 min.

An Australian couple strive to prove that chemical companies have polluted the water supply, giving their daughter leukemia.

This drama depicts the desperate situation of Louise, a young farmer’s wife and mother of an eight-year-old daughter diagnosed with leukemia. The family live in a town whose prosperity depends on the cotton crops, which are regularly sprayed with chemicals.

This is the story of what really happens when a small country community is faced with the ultimate environmental choice - the immediate prosperity of their booming agribusiness versus the possible serious health risks posed by the industry.

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