What Lies Upstream

2017 | USA | NR | 89 min.


City Opera House Thu, Jul 27, 2017 9:00 AM
Central High School Auditorium Sun, Jul 30, 2017 12:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Documentary
Cinema Salon
Release Year:2017
Runtime:89 min.
Production Country:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Cullen Hoback
Produced by:Cullen Hoback
Nitin Khanna
John Ramos
Screenwriter:Cullen Hoback
Cinematography:Cullen Hoback
Editing By:Cullen Hoback
Cast:Dr. Marc Edwards
Dr. Rahul Gupta
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Cullen Hoback
Randy Huffman


It’s that rare doc that plays like a scandalous political thriller, a devastating investigation into the chemical spills and pollution that are destroying drinking supplies across America. Beginning in West Virginia, where a chemical spill blocked 300,000 people’s access to water for months, Cullen Hoback (“Terms and Conditions May Apply,” TCFF 2013) uncovers the cause of the spill, and the reason no preventative safeguards were in place. Things become murkier as Hoback explores the dark connections between the corporations who release the contaminants into the environment and the government agencies meant to protect us from these manmade disasters. Through interviews with citizens, scientists, whistleblowers, and government representatives, Hoback indicts the industries profiting off environmental exploitation, as well as organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency, which are charged with protecting the American people. Hoback’s new documentary—which includes a chapter on Flint’s water crisis—is must-see viewing for anyone interested in what is happening in our pipes and to our planet.

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