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There's Something in the Water (2019)

The injustices and injuries caused by environmental racism in her home province, in this urgent documentary on Indigenous and African Nova Scotian women fighting to protect their communities, their land, and their futures.


Ian Daniel, Elliot Page (as Ellen Page)
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Credited cast:
John Bates ... Self - Head of Nova Scotia Water Authority (archive footage) (as Dr. John Bates)
Dorene Bernard ... Self - Water Protector
Stephen Colbert ... Self (archive footage)
Rufus Copage ... Self - Sipekne'katik Band (archive footage) (as Chief Rufus Copage)
Ian Daniel ... Self
Louise Delisle ... Self - Local Activist
Lewis J. Francis ... Self - Michelle's Grandfather (archive footage) (as Chief Lewis J. Francis)
Michelle Francis-Denny ... Self - Community Liaison, Boat Harbour Remediation Project
Jolene Marr ... Self - Water Protector
Stephen McNeil ... Self - Nova Scotia Premier (archive footage)
Elliot Page ... Self (as Ellen Page)
Chief Andrea Paul ... Self - Pictou Landing First Nation (archive footage)
Michelle Paul ... Self - Water Protector
Justin Trudeau ... Self - Prime Minister of Canada (archive footage)
Ingrid Waldron ... Self - Author of 'There's Something in the Water' (as Dr. Ingrid Waldron PHD)


Elliot Page and Gaycation collaborator Ian Daniel shift gears with the documentary There's Something in the Water, a disturbing and, frankly, terrifying portrait of ecological and social disasters in Page's native Nova Scotia. Based on Ingrid Waldron's incendiary study, the film follows Page as she travels to rural areas of the province that are plagued by toxic fallout from industrial development. As did Waldron, the filmmakers discover that these catastrophes have been precisely placed, all in remote, low income - and very often Indigenous or Black - communities. As the filmmakers observe, your postal code determines your health. We're introduced to many courageous women. Louise, from Shelburne, gives us a tour of a neighborhood in her hometown where every house has been affected by cancer. Michele fights to protect "A?se?k", or Boat Harbour, once a sanctuary for Indigenous people, now plagued by toxins spewed by a pulp and paper mill. The government only began addressing this when ... Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Self - Local Activist: And if you can't take care of your neighbour, or the people around you, or your family, what good are you to anyone? Why are you here? If you don't care about your brothers and sisters, or whoever, why bother? What do you get up for every day? Yourself? It must be awful lonesome.
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Hats off to Ellen Paige!
23 May 2020 | by secoburn-79368See all my reviews

The previous reviewer obviously lacks a basic knowledge of the overwhelming statistical data which shows that marginal social status is directly related to the degree to which people are subject to hazardous living conditions. This is not liberal propaganda. This is fact. Cold, hard, fact. Any basic college (and any decent high school) text in sociology, anthropology, economics, or world geography would explain this. To not know this shows ignorance of basic real world economics.

To say that landfill land is cheap land is a Homer Simpson "Doh!" answer as well. Why does the reviewer think the land is cheap? Obviously, it isn't land that's good for much else. If it was, it would have been used for something else, or given to British men with the vote who could repay the grantor politically, not given to people of African descent who stayed loyal to the English Crown during the American Revolution. They were not British citizens as we would understand it. They couldn't vote. They were servants. They gained their freedom, they could earn a living, and they could start a town on some crappy land, but that was it. They had no political voice, and very little legal standing. I am no scholar of Canadian history, but I do know that until Canadian independence it was governed by English Common Law, and as non-land owners they had little say in government.

I had hoped that our neighbors to the north were more enlightened than we are when it came to treating people equally, but it seems that Canadians have the same problem with putting their dollars before human rights as we in the USA do.

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