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Film Talk: Dark Waters

Tuesday January 14th 2020 | 19:00 – 21:30 | Louis Hartlooper Complex |Tolsteegbrug 1, Utrecht |

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. Inspired by a shocking true story, Dark Waters powerfully relays a real-life tale of infuriating malfeasance, honoring the victims and laying blame squarely at the feet of the perpetrators.

After the film screening, we will delve deeper into its themes with Lucas Roorda, PhD candidate in International Law, policy advisor at College voor de Rechten van de Mens, and expert on corporate accountability.

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