The film “Dark Waters” chronicles the decades-long battle lawyer Rob Bilott waged against chemical company DuPont for tainting a West Virginia community with chemicals forever.
People can see the film for free on Sunday at the Speed Art Museum and meet the man who inspired it. Bilott, a Kentucky resident, is the special guest on the Sunday Showcase and will participate in a panel discussion after the screening.
Forever chemicals, also known as PFAS, are used in everyday products ranging from cosmetics and printer inks to kitchen utensils and fire-fighting foam. ingest them increases the risk of certain cancers and can contribute to a host of health problems, including high cholesterol, birth and developmental defects, and reduced vaccine effectiveness.
They were found in all major watersheds in Kentucky and in some fish populations. At least 38 drinking water networks in Kentucky, including Louisville, detected levels of chemicals forever The EPA now considers have adverse health effects.
The free event begins with a book signing Sunday at 2 p.m. by Bilott, author of “Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyers’ Twenty-Year Battle Against DuPont.”
After a screening of the film, the author will join a panel of experts including filmmaker Elijah Yetter-Bowman, environmental educator Sammy Bauer, University of Louisville assistant professor Jamie Lynn Young, product awareness organizer chemicals forever Teena Halbig and moderator and Democratic Rep. Nima. Kulkarni of Louisville.