Following “An Inconvenient Sequel,” “The Cove,” and “Chasing Ice,” a pointed and thorough environmental documentary can have a lasting impact on the global conversation around pollution and climate change. Three-time Sundance filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig has been a leading voice in the genre, and adds yet another environmental atrocity to the pile in her fourth feature film, “The Devil We Know.” The film takes aim at powerful corporations such as Dupont and 3M, following a group of West Virginia whistleblowers who claim both companies knew of the harmful environmental properties of the patented chemical Teflon, and covered it up for decades.
Per the official synopsis: “Unraveling one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time, a group of citizens in West Virginia take on a powerful corporation after they discover it has knowingly been dumping a toxic chemical – now found in the blood of 99.7% of Americans – into the drinking water supply.” The film received positive reviews when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, which Variety called “a riveting tale of long-term irresponsibility and injustice.”
Soechtig’s previous films previously addressed the Sandy Hook massacre in “Under the Gun” (2016), the obesity epidemic in “Fed Up” (2014), and the bottled water industry in “Tapped” (2009).
“The Devil We Know” comes out on October 16th via Sundance Institute’s creative distribution fellowship. Check out the trailer below.