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The New Yorker
'Greywater'
16 June 2022 14 mins 43s
Under the surface.
by Andrew MacGregor

New York City is home to some of the most polluted waterways on the planet, but that doesn't stop residents from poaching contaminated fish. As this disturbing documentary shows, it's an act of despair by those who live and die on the fringes of society.

When night falls, some of New York's Chinese community scour Jamaica Bay for crab, clams, eels, and fish. The pandemic has made people desperate, and food from murky water and black mud is better than no food at all. Right?

Not when the bay and nearby rivers have been contaminated for decades with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)—chemicals that increase the risk of reduced brain function, cancer, and other diseases. The poachers' knowledge of this is spotty at best, and the damage may have already been done.

Thus, what started as a probe into illegal activity becomes a plea to end environmental injustice both at home and abroad. When vulnerable people are forced to subsist on the world's toxic run-off, you know something's gone badly wrong.

Product Category: Magazines

Territory: USA


Director: Daniel Lombroso
Producer: Yara Bishara
EP: Soo-Jeong Kang
Editor: Daniel Lombroso
Colourist: Stephen Derluguian
Animator: Ben Radatz
Sound: Brian Goodheart

  The New Yorker - 'Greywater'


The New Yorker
'Greywater'
16 June 2022 14 mins 43s

Under the surface.

New York City is home to some of the most polluted waterways on the planet, but that doesn't stop residents from poaching contaminated fish. As this disturbing documentary shows, it's an act of despair by those who live and die on the fringes of society.

When night falls, some of New York's Chinese community scour Jamaica Bay for crab, clams, eels, and fish. The pandemic has made people desperate, and food from murky water and black mud is better than no food at all. Right?

Not when the bay and nearby rivers have been contaminated for decades with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)—chemicals that increase the risk of reduced brain function, cancer, and other diseases. The poachers' knowledge of this is spotty at best, and the damage may have already been done.

Thus, what started as a probe into illegal activity becomes a plea to end environmental injustice both at home and abroad. When vulnerable people are forced to subsist on the world's toxic run-off, you know something's gone badly wrong.

Product Category: Magazines

Territory: USA


Director: Daniel Lombroso
Producer: Yara Bishara
EP: Soo-Jeong Kang
Editor: Daniel Lombroso
Colourist: Stephen Derluguian
Animator: Ben Radatz
Sound: Brian Goodheart

The New Yorker 16 June 2022
'Greywater' 14 mins 43s

Under the surface.

by Andrew MacGregor

New York City is home to some of the most polluted waterways on the planet, but that doesn't stop residents from poaching contaminated fish. As this disturbing documentary shows, it's an act of despair by those who live and die on the fringes of society.

When night falls, some of New York's Chinese community scour Jamaica Bay for crab, clams, eels, and fish. The pandemic has made people desperate, and food from murky water and black mud is better than no food at all. Right?

Not when the bay and nearby rivers have been contaminated for decades with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)—chemicals that increase the risk of reduced brain function, cancer, and other diseases. The poachers' knowledge of this is spotty at best, and the damage may have already been done.

Thus, what started as a probe into illegal activity becomes a plea to end environmental injustice both at home and abroad. When vulnerable people are forced to subsist on the world's toxic run-off, you know something's gone badly wrong.

Product Category: Magazines

Territory: USA


Director: Daniel Lombroso
Producer: Yara Bishara
EP: Soo-Jeong Kang
Editor: Daniel Lombroso
Colourist: Stephen Derluguian
Animator: Ben Radatz
Sound: Brian Goodheart