Dark Waters

"Dark Waters" tells the shocking and heroic story of an attorney (Mark Ruffalo) who risks his career and family to uncover a dark secret hidden by one of the world’s largest corporations and to bring justice to a community dangerously exposed for decades to deadly chemicals.

Corporate environmental defense attorney Rob Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) has just made partner at his prestigious Cincinnati law firm in large part due to his work defending Big Chem companies. He finds himself conflicted after he’s contacted by two West Virginia farmers who believe that the local DuPont plant is dumping toxic waste in the area landfill that is destroying their fields and killing their cattle. Hoping to learn the truth about just what is happening, Bilott, with help from his supervising partner in the firm, Tom Terp (Tim Robbins), files a complaint that marks the beginning of an epic 15-year fight—one that will not only test his relationship with his wife, Sarah (Anne Hathaway) but also his reputation, his health and his livelihood.

Although "Dark Waters" is a feature film, it attempts to accurately trace the history of the Teflon trial against DuPont, which has been going on for over 20 years to this day. It shows not only how attorney Rob Bilott has been helping victims of Teflon production for 20 years, but also how DuPont knew from the beginning that their exhaust, waste water, landfills and work processes within the company lead to abortions, cancer and contamination worldwide. Today, the basic material of Teflon, PTFE, is detectable in every living creature on earth.

Director(s): Todd Haynes
Script: Matthew Carnahan, Mario Correa
Production: Mark Ruffalo, Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon
Music: Marcelo Zarvos
Actors: Tim Robbins, Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, Bill Pullman, William Jackson Harper, Louisa Krause
Year: 2019
Duration: 126 min
Our age recommendation: 14
Language (audio): German, French, English
Language (subtitles): German, French, English
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: United States
Screening rights: Focus Features () | Ascot Elite Home Entertainment AG (Switzerland) | Tobis Film GmbH (Germany)

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Main topic(s): Water Human Potential
Secondary topics: externalisation toxins courage drinking water health
Mentions: water pollution court chemical industry environment farming lawsuit lawyer Robert Billot DuPont Cincinnati West Virginia Teflon Syncolon Polytetrafluorethylene Polytetrafluoroethylene PTFE
Topic Page(s): Water

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