Helping highlight the dangers of asbestos through Breathless Screenings

Breathless Screenings 2020 supported by Digby Brown

Digby Brown supported Breathless screenings with both Clydebank Asbestos Group and Asbestos Action charities, with our Industrial disease team joining both screenings in Glasgow and Edinburgh. 

This documentary, which is backed by the United Nations, sees film maker Daniel Lambo and Barrister Krishnendu Mukherjee fight to discover why there has been numerous deaths linked to an asbestos factory. 

Their story documents them one to one with covert spies and global corporations before discovering answers in a remote town in India where thousands of people face the same lethal fate. 

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Fraser Simpson and Euan Love, Partners in Digby Brown Industrial Disease Team with Barrister
Pictured above (left to right): Digby Brown Partner Fraser Simpson, Barrister Krishnendu Mukherjee, Digby Brown Partner Euan Love

Over 100 politicians, medical and law experts attended both events. Before the Edinburgh and Glasgow screenings, Mr Mukherjee said: “Scotland is all too familiar with the damage caused by asbestos - literally thousands of people have died as a result of being exposed to asbestos in shipbuilding ports like that on the River Clyde. 

“Asbestos use was banned in the UK 20 years ago but make no mistake - this is not a legacy issue.

“Our documentary focuses on one firm but it shows firms have wangled their way around prohibitions by simply moving abroad.

“Everything we’re unearthed so far proves asbestos remains in our present and Scotland, along with the rest of the world, has a moral obligation to act and ensure it does not poison our future.

“Lives are literally at stake.”

Asbestos Action spoke with full support for Breathless and also called for Scottish action.

Charity manager John Fearn said: “After decades of tradesmen being exposed to the known danger of asbestos it was truly momentous when it was banned 20 years ago.

“Breathless will strike a chord among thousands of Scots affected by asbestos-related diseases and I’m sure those who attended will agree that Mr Mukherjee’s words and the film were utterly moving.” 

Theresa Jones, Clydebank Asbestos Group, said “Breathless will strike a chord among thousands of Scots affected by asbestos-related diseases and I’m sure those who attended will agree that Mr Mukherjee’s words and the film were utterly moving.”

If you would like to support the filmmakers’ goal to clean up the pollution from the Indian asbestos mine, please visit https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/indianesbestos/