Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Depp stars in a movie about mercury poisoning that premiers in Berlin today.

The film, Minamata, sees Johnny Depp play W. Eugene Smith, a celebrated photo journalist who lived for two years in a Japanese community devastated by industrial pollution.

International coordinator for the Zero Mercury Working Group, Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, said:

“In Minamata, people died from eating highly contaminated fish. Unfortunately, mercury is still being used the world over, including from a wide range of everyday products and processes, contaminating the environment and people. Limiting its use would reduce risks, particularly to the most vulnerable people.

While the global threat of mercury persists, Europe’s steadfast commitment to the Minamata Convention to phase out and limit mercury and its leadership is needed. The challenge now is to ensure that the convention is implemented globally to #MakeMercuryHistory.”

Elena Lymberidi-Settimo will be in Berlin over the coming days, participating in the events related to the movie premier. Read the full EEB's META article here. 

The Zero Mercury Working Group has put out a Press Release and Fact Sheet to accompany the occasion, reminding the public that though the catastrophe of Minamata came to light in the 1950s, mercury still requires global action today. 

Minamata Eugene Smith