Rachel's Daughters

Filmmakers Allie Light and Irving Saraf present an overwhelming amount of speculation about the causes of breast cancer in a remarkably disorganized manner. A group of cancer sufferers interviews other victims and researchers—often one and the same—and discovers that capitalism may cause cancer by putting short-term economic concerns ahead of long-term environmental ones. In part because this powerful idea is best articulated by a scientist who also points out that lots of human suffering has been the result of sheer ignorance, it's hard to get a sense of what this 1997 movie is advocating beyond the generic—more research and environmentalism. In trying to simplify the messy relationship between health issues and politics, the filmmakers end up ignoring the potential of their material.

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