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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, 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)
Ellen Page ... Self
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)


Ellen 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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18 October 2020 | by achrajSee all my reviews

There's Something in the Water" doesn't break any molds in terms of documentary form, and it's less impressive as cinema than activism. But it's easily digestible and well researched, with the aid of Waldron's book.

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27 March 2020 (Netherlands) See more »

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