THE DEVIL WE KNOW
This searing new documentary exposes a mega-corporation’s active complicity and refusal to admit accountability in the poisoning of Americans with toxic chemicals.
As the embers of WWII were still settling, major corporation DuPont unveiled the revolutionary chemical compound Teflon, meant to make lives easier for all Americans. Yet as the citizens living near a major Teflon plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia horrifically discovered, it was actually killing them. Before any government regulation existed, DuPont and other mass corporations were pumping chemical waste into water reservoirs that would poison entire communities. The concerned citizens of this small, rural town began a lengthy, arduous journey through the bruised American justice system to obtain not only accountability, but also solutions, for the untold amount of heinous damage done. With the highest stakes, documentarian Stephanie Soechtig chronicles the town’s class action lawsuit against the towering giant of a chemical company placing untold obstacles in the path of truth with relentless precision; a pursuit made all the more sobering with the knowledge that this is only one of many communities across America, and possibly the world, affected by such oversight. Bringing to light a story that often falls through the cracks, THE DEVIL WE KNOW is a harrowing example of the troubled times we live in and the tenacity it takes to stop people from harming their fellow humans for a buck.
In Competition: Best Documentary Feature
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