Toxic Ground (Jorden er giftig)

Documentary / DK / HD / 28"

Michael Graversen finds out that the town Grindsted, where he grew up is also the home of one of the biggest pollution scandals in Denmark. One day he hears the startling forecasts about the future of the groundwater on the radio and realizes that he was raised in a town that has dumped 100.000 tons of chemical waste under it.

No one seems to be willing to take responsibility for the disaster.

In TOXIC GROUND Michael Graversen goes on a quest to make the politicians and the local community step up and take responsibility for cleaning the water and restoring the groundwater so the future generations will have clean drinkring water.

Director Michael Graversen
Cinematography Anders Aagaard Nielsen and Kenneth Sorento
Editor Charlotte Munch Bengtsen
Producers Lise Saxtrup and Stine Hamburger at Klassefilm

Produced with support from the Danish Film Workshop initiative Boost the Dox


• Interview in Deadline, DR2
• Review in Smagsdommerne, DR2
• Interview in P2
• Feature in Nyhedsavisen
• Review in Politiken
• News piece in Radioavisen, P4
• Several articles and interviews in local media: Jyske Vestkysten, TV Syd, DR Syd, Vejle Amts Folkeblad, Fredericia Folkeblad, Billund Ugeblad and Midtjysk Ugeblad

Festivals and Screenings

• DR2 broadcast, 2006
• CPH:DOX, 2006
• Gloria, 2006 (extra CPH:DOX screening)
• Cinemateket, DFI, 2006
• Grindsted, 2007 (Town Meeting)

More info

• After the premiere a town meeting was held in Grindsted with politicians, citizens and government employees. A suggestion for a National Plan for Action against the largest soil-pollutions in Denmark was made for Danish Parliment
The Danish Enviromental Agency issued a statement about the film.
• Danisco bought the film for internal use
• The film was used for a course on citizen influence on politics at schools in DK and later in media courses in high schools
• “Jorden er giftig” is available on Filmstriben and (Danish) Netflix

Date: November 05, 2012