Source: The Hollywood Reporter
In early 2014, the residents of Charleston, West Virginia were lucky — to use the word advisedly — that one of the chemicals that leaked into their water supply had a strong odor. Otherwise, as “What Lies Upstream” illuminates in eye-opening detail, they might never have known that their tap water wasn’t safe to use.
As in his superb 2013 documentary “Terms and Conditions May Apply,” director Cullen Hoback looks beneath an everyday aspect of life that we take for granted.
In the case of the “Terms and Conditions,” the subject was the privacy rights we routinely and unknowingly trade away in the digital age; in “Upstream,” he examines the shocking lack of meaningful oversight for the water we drink, cook with and bathe in.
The essence of both cases is the unholy alliance between corporate and government interests and its effect on unsuspecting citizens.
Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter.
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