Surrounded by Waves
By Jean-Christophe Ribot
As wireless technology keeps expanding the debate surrounding the health impacts of electromagnetic waves keeps growing. Filmed in France, Israel, Sweden, and the United States, the new documentary Surrounded by Waves uses an elegant blend of interviews, archives, experiments and 3D animation to investigate what is known, and unknown, about the potential risks.
Around the world scientists are exploring areas as cognitive troubles, sleep disturbances, risks of neurodegenerative diseases, brain tumors, cardiac rhythm abnormalities, disturbances of the immune system, and even decreases in fertility. In Surrounded by Waves we meet a number of experts in the field, including Dr. Andrew Marino of Louisiana State University's Health Services Center; Joe Wiart, a physicist employed at Orange Labs in France; and Professor Rony Seger, a biologist at the Weizmann Institute in Israel. In Sweden, Olle Johansson, professor of neuroscience at The Karolinska Institute studies electro hypersensitivity, officially recognized in Sweden as a disability
From the fields produced by electrical appliances to Wi-Fi, our daily environment exposes us to all sorts of radiation, the ramifications of which we are still discovering. And as we wait for an accurate evaluation, Surrounded by Waves provides both a subtle observation of society's growing distrust of its industries, and the crucial role of science in the debate.
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"One of the newest and most pervasive factors in the human environment is electromagnetic radiation and the electromagnetic fields (EMF) generated by devices like wireless computers, microwave signals, and of course cell phones. The film Surrounded By Waves asks the urgent question, do cellphones undermine public health? The result is an informative and frustrating journey through contemporary science - not that the film is frustrating, but the discovery that science is so unsure about the question, and that science is so unfree of outside corporate and political interference is not only frustrating but profoundly worrisome." Jack David Eller, Community College of Denver, Anthropology Review Database
Awards & Conference Screenings
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, 2010
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