“Poisoning Paradise” Paints Portrait of Pollution
The Malibu Times | January 20, 2018
Local residents Pierce and Keely Shaye Brosnan spoke briefly before a screening of their documentary film “Poisoning Paradise” in Malibu Saturday. Pierce noted that they care deeply about Hawaii—the location where the documentary was shot—because they have resided there part-time for many years with their sons. Over the years, the Brosnans became aware of pesticide poisoning in Kauai and the idea for the documentary was born.
The premise of the documentary could be summed up by this Earthjustice statement, “Hawaii has quietly undergone an agricultural revolution whereby chemical companies treat the islands as pesticide-testing grounds for GE (genetically engineered) crops, but communities are fighting back.”
“What’s happening on our island is just a microcosm of what’s happening in the rest of the world,” Keely Shaye noted, obviously passionate about the subject.
Her purpose in making this documentary was to create awareness of the situation and effect change. “We’ve been picking up steam all around the county,” she said. “And I’m going to help this movement build.”