Based on Bert Ehgartner's groundbreaking book "Dirty Little Secret – The Aluminum Files", The Age of Aluminum is the first film to explore the metal's little-known darker side. Through interviews with leading scientists and researchers, along with the personal stories of several individuals, the film reveals how aluminum exposure has triggered serious health consequences and environmental damage. Representatives of the aluminum industry defend its safety record.
Long known as a neurotoxin, many scientists suspect aluminum is linked to such modern scourges as breast cancer, Alzheimer's disease, allergies, and autism. The documentary looks at how aluminum may be the “universal toxin” underlying the increase in epidemic levels of chronic illness and age-related neurological disorders.
Aluminum mining and manufacturing have also created acute environmental problems in several parts of the world. The film documents the devastating effects of aluminum mining in South America, as well as environmental disasters in Hungary and the UK. Ultimately, The Age of Aluminum asks, "Why isn't more research urgently being conducted on aluminum and human health, and what can we do now to avoid its negative impact on our lives?"