CANCELLED: 26 November 2021: Film "Dark Waters". About PFAS, with a reflection by Dr Nico van den Brink and a discussion
The societal impact of the presence of PFAS in our environment is significant. The feature film DARK WATERS by Todd Haynes tells the true story of a lawyer who jeopardizes his career when he takes on the DuPont chemicals group in the United States, which at the time was discharging similar substances into watercourses. After the film, experts will explain the Dutch situation and invite discussion.
This special screening is being organised by the WUR association for environmental alumni Kennisnetwerk Milieu. The film is in English (with Dutch subtitles). The reflection and discussion will be in English.
For more information: see Dark Waters – Movie W or the trailer:
Dark Waters tells the shocking en true story of lawyer Rob Bilott (Oscar® nominee Mark Ruffalo) who has just become a partner at a prestigious legal firm. As a corporate lawyer for various large chemical companies he has already proven himself and his future looks secure.
When he is approached at work by a farmer from West Virginia, who claims that toxic waste is being discharged on his land, ruining his harvest and killing his livestock, Bilott becomes embroiled in a personal conflict. Hoping to uncover the truth, Bilott finally files a complaint against the DuPont chemicals group. He realizes he must fight for justice for a community that for years has been exposed to deadly chemicals.
This marks the start of a 15-year battle against the chemicals group, during which time Bilott risks not only his career and reputation, but also his relationship with his wife Sarah (Oscar® winner Anne Hathaway) and his health.
13:00 Doors open
13:30 Film, including a short introduction, an intermission and a free drink
16:10 Explanation of the Dutch situation by Dr Nico van den Brink (WUR)
16:45 Drinks party (until 17:30)