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Polvere -Il grande processo dell'amianto (Dust-The Great Asbestos Trial) tickets and sponsorship

  • 04 Apr 2013
  • 7:30 PM
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Auditorium 150; 612-874-3700


  • Individual membership holders are allowed to purchase up to 2 tickets at the discounted price. Family membership holders can purchase up to 4 tickets at the discounted price.

    Tickets will be ready at the Will Call table the day of the movie. You will be asked to show your valid membership card or student ID.

Tickets and sponsorship for Dust 

Polvere – Il grande processo dell’amianto 

(Dust – The Great Asbestos Trial)

2011 - 85 min. - Documentary
Directors: Niccolò Bruna and Andrea Prandstraller 

“Lords of Asbestos” is the Italian press nickname for Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny and Belgian Baron Louis Cartier de Marchienne. The two men are the CEO and major shareholder of an asbestos-material manufacturing operation and were convicted in an Italian criminal court for their role in a tragedy that continues to unfold in Casale Monferrato. This northern Italian city of 37,000, was one of many Italian sites of Schmidheiny and Cartier de Marchienne’s factories that manufactured asbestos-cement sheet and pipe sold under the brand-name Eternit. The factory produced Eternit for nearly 80 years, leaving behind a legacy of lung disease and cancer deaths. Nearly 900 Casale Monferrato residents who lived near or worked in the factory have been victims of the asbestos-related cancer called mesothelioma. Despite the factory closing in the mid-1980s, new mesothelioma cases continue to be diagnosed each year.
In 2009, an Italian prosecutor acting on behalf of Eternit factory employees began legal proceedings against Schmidheiny and Cartier de Marchienne. The proceedings came to a dramatic -- but not final-- conclusion Feb. 13, 2012. The case is currently in Italian appellate court.
The documentary captures the haunting drama of the trial through the testimony of Casale Monferrato residents sickened by asbestos exposure or bereaved of spouses, friends and children exposed to the deadly dust. The trial against Eternit – the greatest trial ever for environmental disaster - represents a good opportunity to tell an Italian story with world impact.

In Italian with English subtitles.

The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
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