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Behind Closed Doors: The Contergan Scandal

45 ' (GER, ENG subs)

This is one of the biggest medical scandals of the 20th century.

Up until the 1960s, the sleep-inducing drug was mass produced and worldwide distributed. But, after ingesting the drug, many expectant mothers experienced stillbirths and those who managed to bring their pregnancies to full term gave birth to children with deformities. These children were cheated out of a normal life, denied appropriate compensation and 55 years after the drug has been taken off the market, they are filing a lawsuit on grounds of newly discovered information. After years of humiliation and a lack of apology from the Grünenthal pharmaceutical company, justice will be served.

A look back in the past has brought to light secret correspondences between the manufacturer Grünenthal and the federal government of the time -Correspondences that endorsed the production of the harmful thalidomine substance. Is the unveiling of a cover-up on the horizon?  ‘The Contergan Children’ from all walks of life have banded together to fight against a devastating controversy. Will they finally receive what is due to them? Will they finally be able to put the past behind them and look to the future? Will they gain justice for what they have had to suffer? Here we show you the secrets behind the Contergan Scandal.



Fotos: ©WDR

Original Title: Der geheime Deal Die dunkle Geschichte des Contergan-Skandals
Year: 2016
Length: 45 ' (GER, ENG subs)
Resolution: HD
Film by: James Pastouna
Produced by: Pastouna Pictures, WDR

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