Meadownlands, an ecosystem of wetlands, a few miles to the west of New York City, used to be associated with vast and often unregulated landfills, polluting industries and other unbridled environmental abuses. The Meadowlands are located in New Jersey, the small but densely-populated state that counts the most Superfund sites in the US.

Jon Cohrs, Back Water (trailer)

Artist Jon Cohrs first started canoeing through the area a few years ago as he was investigating the artificial flavouring industry in Northern New Jersey. At some point, his interest broadened and the project turned into a film about how the local landscape is slowly recovering from decades of toxic industrial assaults. It might seem almost impossible but in spite of all the chemical contaminants in soil and water, the Meadowlands is inhabited by many species of fish, crustaceans, mollusks, birds, reptiles,…

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