Documentary, talk on environmental hazards

Riley School screens ‘Devil We Know’

Oct 09, 2018
When a handful of West Virginia residents discover DuPont has been pumping its poisonous Teflon chemical into the air and public water supply of more than 70,000 people, they file one of the largest class action lawsuits in the history of environmental law.

Rockport — Riley School, 73 Warrenton Road, and the Maine-based Environmental Health Strategy Center will screen “The Devil We Know” (2018, USA) Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Riley School Theatre. Admission is free but seats are limited, so advance registration is requested at bit.ly/devilweknowdoc.

The screening is the first event in Riley School’s Raising Healthy Children in a Changing World series, and the film, which will get wide release on NetFlix next year, will be followed by discussion.

Stephanie Soechtig’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominated film unravels one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time: the widespread toxic chemical contamination of one town’s drinking water supply; and the astonishing lack of regulation of the chemical industry. “The Devil We Know” portrays the lives of citizens in rural Parkersburg, W.Va., who take on the multinational chemical corporation DuPont after discovering it has been knowingly dumping a toxic chemical into the drinking water supply, but the story extends to dozens of other American cities. In fact, at least 6.5 million Americans in 27 states are drinking water tainted by the same toxin.

In Maine, children and families across the state are unknowingly exposed to toxic chemicals in their food and drinking water. At the screening, the Strategy Center will describe its work for safe drinking water for Maine families whose wells are contaminated by arsenic; and its campaign to phase out PFAS and other toxic chemicals in our food that are linked to cancer, infertility and learning disabilities. Audience members will learn ways they can get involved in this work and take action for safe food and drinking water.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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