April 4, 2012, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Outside the Box [Office], GraffitiDoc, Cinecitta Luce and Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial (Polvere)

Written & Directed by Niccolò Bruna and Andrea Prandstraller. Produced by Enrica Capra.
Followed by a panel discussion hosted by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) that includes Dr. Michael Renov (Professor of Critical Studies and SCA Vice Dean, Academic Affairs), Niccolò Bruna (Director), and Linda Reinstein (President/CEO, ADAO).
At the conclusion of the panel, Dr. Michael Renov will announce a new Endowed Fund, the Irvin Kershner Fund for Documentary Filmmaking. Afterwards, his son, Dave Kershner, will share a few words about his father.
7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

About Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial (Polvere)

3,000 civilians dead. A village shattered. One multinational corporation, Eternit, reaps profits. Watch justice unfold with Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial.

Most people believe that asbestos, a commonly used fiber and known carcinogen, is a problem of the past; however, despite widely documented evidence of its dangers, asbestos use continues and contributes to thousands of deaths every year. In fact, asbestos production has once again begun to rise in the world, due in large part to the extent of its consumption in developing countries such as India, China, and Russia. Lead by Canada, countries that produce the fiber have lobbied heavily against its international ban and have had significant international influence on the politics of single countries and international organizations. Its power is so great that in Sao Paolo, Brazil, the law approved last year to ban the use of asbestos had to be withdrawn. All around the world, anti-asbestos activists are threatened or sued and governments are attacked at the WTO for anti-competitive behavior.
It is in this controversial climate that Italy’s first criminal trial against asbestos executives started in Turin.  The accused are two major stockholders of Eternit, the Swiss-Belgian industrial giant that for decades dominated the world market for asbestos cement products. The charges are severe: voluntary manslaughter and omission of sanitary precautions relating to the thousands of asbestos-related deaths. The defense claims that the executives were not aware of the direct link between inhalation of asbestos fibers and pleural cancers.  They claim that the death of 3,000 factory workers, family members, and citizens of the small town of Casale Monferrato were caused by a lack of information for which the two accused cannot be held entirely responsible.

In response, the prosecutors must demonstrate that information about the hazardous nature of asbestos was widely available long before the European law imposed shutting down the plants, and that the omission of health and safety measures for its workers is equivalent to the liability of these deaths. The documentary’s narrative thread follows the parallel path of two women, both deeply involved in the debate on asbestos: Luisa Minazzi, a Casale activist suffering from asbestos related cancer, and Laurie Kazan-Allen, the founder of IBAS (International Ban Asbestos Secretariat). With these women, we will follow the trial’s progression, its implications in Italy and around the world, and the most recent lobby strategies from those that continue to profit from the asbestos business.

Provided courtesy of GraffitiDoc and Cinecitta Luce. Not rated. Running time: 85 minutes. In Italian, with English subtitles.

To learn more about the film and to view the trailer, click here.


About the Panelists

LINDA REINSTEIN, President/CEO and Co-Founder of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO).

Linda Reinstein became an activist when her husband, Alan, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2003 and in 2004 she co-founded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, now serving as President and CEO. Through ADAO, Reinstein uses the power of the internet and social media to unite individuals and families worldwide who have been affected by asbestos-related disease, giving a voice to victims.

Since 2004, Reinstein has frequently served as a U.S. Congressional witness.  She has presented at the Department of Labor (OSHA), British House of Commons, American Public Health Association, the United Nations IX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, and to audiences throughout the United States, Japan, Turkey, Mexico, Thailand, Holland, China, Italy, India, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Recently, Reinstein was asked to create social media educational materials and facilitate a workshop in Asia.

Recognized as an expert with more than 30 years of nonprofit experience in building and sustaining grassroots and net roots advocacy, Reinstein specializes in developing, implementing and leveraging integrated social media campaigns. Focused on national and international occupational and environmental disease prevention, Reinstein’s proficiency in the powerful advocacy space of online media has exponentially increased the effectiveness of ADAO’s core mission of education, advocacy, and community support actions.  In 2010, Reinstein was awarded the highest level of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her 4,000 hours of volunteerism during her lifetime.

Currently, Reinstein is organizing the 8th Annual Asbestos Awareness Day Conference in April 2012, to be held in Los Angeles, CA.

MICHAEL RENOV, Professor of Critical Studies and SCA Vice Dean for Academic Affairs

Michael Renov, professor of Critical Studies, has since 2003 served as the School of Cinematic Arts vice dean for academic affairs. Renov is the author of Hollywood's Wartime Woman: Representation and Ideology and The Subject of Documentary, editor of Theorizing Documentary, and co-editor of Resolutions: Contemporary Video Practices, Collecting Visible Evidence, and The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies.

In 1993, Renov co-founded Visible Evidence, a series of international and highly interdisciplinary documentary studies conferences that have, to date, been held on four continents. He is one of three general editors for the Visible Evidence book series at the University of Minnesota Press, which has published more than 20 volumes on various aspects of nonfiction media since 1997. In 2005, he co-programmed the 51st annual Robert Flaherty Seminar, a week-long gathering of documentary filmmakers, curators, and educators, creating 20 screening programs and filmmaker dialogues on the theme "Cinema and History."

In addition to curating documentary programs around the world, he has served as a jury member at documentary festivals including Sundance, Silverdocs, the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival and Brazil's It's All True. He has twice taught graduate seminars at Stockholm University and has led documentary workshops in Jordan for the Royal Film Commission and the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts. Renov's teaching and research interests include documentary theory, autobiography in film and video, video art and activism, and representations of the Holocaust.

About the Irvin Kershner Fund for Documentary Filmmaking

An endowment fund whose purpose is to provide student support for documentary projects that inspire audiences to create a healthier, more just, more peaceful world. The funds will be awarded to graduate and undergraduate students who are producing documentaries that inspire audiences, with priority consideration given to students with financial need who are raising awareness of environmental challenges facing humanity.

About Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims and concerned citizens a united voice to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure. ADAO is an independent global organization dedicated to preventing asbestos-related diseases through education, advocacy and community. ADAO’s mission includes supporting global advocacy and advancing asbestos awareness, prevention, early detection, treatment, and resources for asbestos-related disease.

ADAO 8th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference will take place March 30 - April 1, 2012: http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/adao-conference

For more information visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain. The weekly screenings will be on Wednesday and Sunday nights (and other select dates, as they arise) in the School of Cinematic Arts Complex, George Lucas Building.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu