Green Warriors: Children of Lead

From Peru, where the mineral is extracted, all the way to France, where the metal is refined, lead pollutes the earth, the rivers, food supplies, and local people. 

Despite being banned in numerous products including fuel, paints and the manufacture of pipes, lead is still often used in buildings, weapon development, jewellery and even in batteries.

At Évin-Malmaison, France, lead from refineries has contaminated the earth underneath various schools, stadiums, parks and gardens. The farmers of the area can no longer feed their population, because their produce is too contaminated by this lead. It has become the most polluted area in France, and there are thousands of victims. Many children of the area have lead-poisoning and, as a result, serious neurological problems.

A team of journalists and scientists have begun an as yet unpublished study in which they are measuring the lead contamination in the environment and its effects on children’s IQs. Hundreds of tests have been picked up by 34 media outlets with an unprecedented impact in France and Peru.


  • Year: 2023
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: Premières Lignes
  • Director: Martin Boudot
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France


  • Best Reportage at BNP Paribas Green Film Festival 2023 (Krakow, Poland) - Best Environment & Climate Film at Ponza Film Awards 2023 (Italy) - Best environmental film at Barcelona Human Rights Film Festival 2022 (Spain) - Honourable Mention at Awareness Film Festival 2023 (L.A, USA) - TV Investigation Award at The International Film and Television Festival SIMFEST 2023 (Romania) - Special screening at Cinema Maldà (Barcelona, Spain, 3 Dec 2022) - EFFY Environmental Film Festival at Yale 2023 (USA) - Calgary Justice Film festival 2023 (Canada) -Terra di Tutti Film Festival 2023 (Italy) - Eugene Environmental Film Festival EEFF 2023 (Oregon, USA) - Rural Encounters on Environment and Films REEF 2023 (Lebanon) - British Columbia Environmental Film Festival 2023 (Canada) - Naturvision Film festival 2023 (Germany)

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