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What Lies Upstream (2017)

In this scandalous political thriller, an investigation into a chemical spill spirals into an indictment of the entire system meant to protect drinking water, revealing cover-ups at the highest levels of government.


Cullen Hoback


Cullen Hoback
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Credited cast:
Erin Brockovich-Ellis ... Self (as Erin Brockovich)
Marc Edwards Marc Edwards ... Self (as Dr. Marc Edwards)
Rahul Gupta Rahul Gupta ... Self (as Dr. Rahul Gupta)
Mona Hanna-Attisha Mona Hanna-Attisha ... Self (as Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha)
Cullen Hoback ... Self
Randy Huffman Randy Huffman ... Self
David Lewis David Lewis ... Self (as Dr. David Lewis)
Maya Nye Maya Nye ... Self
Martin Riese ... Self
Andrew Whelton Andrew Whelton ... Self (as Dr. Andrew Whelton)


In this classic detective story, investigative filmmaker Cullen Hoback travels to West Virginia to uncover the truth behind a massive chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for months. But when Hoback discovers an obscene collusion between chemical corporations and the highest levels of government, the investigation spirals in a terrifying direction, and we learn the frightening truth about what lies upstream of us all.

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The Truth Has Been Spilled



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12 December 2019 | by The_Boxing_CatSee all my reviews

This is a well put together documentary and a very important one. We are being hoodwinked by those we elect entrust with our children's health.

We are one of the few countries left that still puts fluoride in our drinking water. It has been banned from many other countries, but as long as the money machine is working behind the scenes, we will continue to get sicker and sicker. I stopped using tap water when I was diagnosed with MS. I had a gut feeling about the water- so this film really hit home.

I looked into suing the CDC on a completely different issue, but learned that that's something I cannot do because they are PROTECTED by law.

Many people who work at our government regulatory agencies come from big pharma, big oil etc., now they are getting their pockets lined from their old work chums.

The corruption is widespread and being fueled by the lobbyists of big business. They don't give à rats a$$ about your health. It's ALL ABOUT THE BOTTOM LINE. They don't want you to show them scientific proof, they want you to show them the MONEY.

I was a bit disappointed to see that Dr. Gupta sold out, but in the end, they all do.

Great film and one that everyone should see.

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