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Winner of HEAL’s health and environment film prize recognised at international film festivals

Ed Brown’s documentary film ‘Unacceptable Levels’ has been accepted into 17 international film festivals thanks to the success of winning the first ever film prize on health and environment at the 30th International Environmental Film Festival earlier this year.

The documentary film by Ed Brown became the winner of the first ever film prize on health and environment at the 30th International Environmental Film Festival (FIFE) which took place in Paris in February. The prize was established by a partnership between FIFE and HEAL.

Due to the recognition and success of Ed Brown winning the prize, ‘Unacceptable Levels’ will kick off its summer tour with a bicoastal festival debut at New York’s Lincoln Center Film Society’s Green Screens series on 31 May and San Francisco’s Green Film Festival on 2 June. The film has been accepted at 17 international film festivals, not only in the US but also in Italy, Belgium, Brazil, and South Korea.

The film addresses the theme of the chemicals that are invading our environment. Ed Brown became inspired to make the film after learning how chemical exposure from everyday products might have affected the health of his wife, who suffered two miscarriages before giving birth to their two children.

Brown invites his audience to put practical questions to themselves about these substances, which are potentially harmful to health – and are found in our water, food, cosmetics, toys and paints. He helps to offer the audience answers by questioning scientists and representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). This leads to the conclusion that governments are not necessarily doing all they should to protect the public’s health. Ultimately, the film encourages everyone to look more deeply into these questions for ourselves.

The award winning film will be available on iTunes and other video on demand platforms on 15 July 2013. For more information, including tour schedules, visit

Originally posted on 10 May 2013

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