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The latest in a long line of eco-docs that leave viewers hoping pitchforks will be distributed as they leave the theatre.

John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

The Devil We Know 2018

Directed by Stephanie Soechtig Framing Reality

Championed by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock and consumer activist Erin Brockovich, Stephanie Soechtig’s documentary is an enraging portrait of corporate greed honed to get into your blood.

Jul 20

Academy Cinema

Jul 31

Academy Cinema

Aug 04

Academy Cinema

USA In English
88 minutes DCP
E

Producers

Kristin Lazure
,
Stephanie Soechtig
,
Joshua Kunau
,
Carly Palmour

Screenplay

Mark Monroe
,
Stephanie Soechtig

Photography

Rod Hassler

Editors

James Leche
,
Dan Reed
,
Brian Lazarte

Music

Brian Tyler

Festivals

Sundance 2018

Viewers might handle their non-stick frypans with a touch more trepidation after Stephanie Soechtig’s blood-boiling corporate exposé. Putting the insidious inner workings of mega-corporation DuPont under fire, The Devil We Know reveals decades of top-level mismanagement and environmental contamination. The eponymous devil is a chemical compound called C8, which has been used for years in the production of DuPont’s Teflon kitchenware, 3M’s Scotchgard, and a large range of water-resistant materials.

When C8 was proven to be linked to deformities in newborns and various lethal health conditions, DuPont not only denied the negative effects but also ramped up production, resulting in the widespread pollution of neighbouring waterways and the irreversible contamination of workers. Told with a bracing urgency and a clear-headed empathy for its victims, Soechtig’s film is a damning reminder of the major toll that regular people pay for modern civilisation’s minor conveniences. — JF

“Mixing footage of public hearings, news reports and corporate ads, plus input from scientists and activists, The Devil We Know is a riveting tale of long-term irresponsibility and injustice... Soechtig presents an unusually engrossing docu for this type of subject, with human interest always in the forefront despite the complex timeline of events, issues and information presented. The director, whose prior docs Under the Gun and Fed Up were also well-received exposés (of the gun lobby and obesity-promoting food industries), presides over an expert assembly that’s sharp in every department.” — Dennis Harvey, Variety