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Hiding in the Walls

Starting at $89

A Film by David Sebastiao and Angel King Wilson

57 minutes

Scene Selection • Closed Captioned

Grades 11 - Adult
Item #:HIW-2019

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Millions of people in America today are living with lead poisoning or complications from chronic lead exposure. Lead-based products — especially paint — are commonplace in houses built before the 1970s, and prolonged exposure can have detrimental effects on health, brain development, and cognitive functioning. A child with lead poisoning is more likely than their peers to struggle academically, experience behavioral issues, and even have interactions with the criminal justice system. Yet despite its known risks, the use of lead-based paint in American homes persisted for more than 50 years after it was banned by the League of Nations in 1922.

In cities like Baltimore, Maryland, where the history of lead paint coincides with a history of racially discriminatory housing policies, the ongoing epidemic of lead poisoning has had a lopsided effect on black communities and neighborhoods of concentrated poverty. The growing awareness of lead's developmental impacts created a harmful stigma for lead poisoning survivors, and a destructive financial industry has emerged to prey on lead lawsuits on settlements.

Hiding in the Walls offers a look inside the unseen landscape of lead poisoning in America. It unwinds the fraught history of lead's use in low-income housing, how lead poisoning became an acceptable norm in urban America, and follows the adult survivors who are on a mission to reclaim the narrative.

FILMMAKER'S STATEMENT: "Hiding in the Walls pulls inspiration from my personal story of living with lead poisoning, but like many others, I had little knowledge about the disease. After researching and meeting co-director David Sebastiao, the film began to take action. The documentary tells a part of Baltimore's history as it covers an issue that has affected a significant number of Baltimoreans.

Still, lead poisoning is a topic that is loosely discussed. Hiding in the Walls aims to educate its audience about the lead industry and its lasting detrimental impact on society, especially in Baltimore. Also, the film highlights the voices of people with lead poisoning because it is imperative to tell the side of the people directly impacted.

Hiding in the Walls presents an educational, eye-opening, and rare way of viewing lead poisoning."
— Angel King Wilson
Hiding in the Walls
Hiding in the Walls

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