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The Virginia Festival of the Book and Virginia Film Festival are pleased to present author and attorney Robert Bilott (Exposure) and a special screening of Dark Waters, a thriller based on the true story of Bilott’s twenty-year legal battle with DuPont to expose the company’s environmental contamination as well as the internal cover-up of the harmful effects of their chemicals and the resulting deaths from exposure to those toxins.
Bilott will appear in a post-screening discussion, and will sign copies of his book, Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle against DuPont, following the discussion. Book sales will take place before and after the screening.
Tickets are required. This screening is generously supported by Bank of America, the Virginia Film Festival, the UVA School of Law, and the Paramount Theater.GET TICKETS
Why should you attend?
About the movie: Dark Waters tells the shocking and heroic story of an attorney (played by Mark Ruffalo) who risks his career and family to uncover a dark secret hidden by one of the world’s largest corporations and to bring justice to a community dangerously exposed for decades to deadly chemicals. Corporate environmental defense attorney Rob Bilott has just made partner at his prestigious Cincinnati law firm in large part due to his work defending Big Chem companies. He finds himself conflicted after he’s contacted by two West Virginia farmers who believe that the local DuPont plant is dumping toxic waste in the area landfill that is destroying their fields and killing their cattle. Hoping to learn the truth about just what is happening, Bilott, with help from his supervising partner in the firm, Tom Terp (Tim Robbins), files a complaint that marks the beginning of an epic 15-year fight—one that will not only test his relationship with his wife, Sarah (Anne Hathaway) but also his reputation, his health and his livelihood.
About the book:
“Bilott is an engaging narrator who breaks our hearts with tales of clients suffering excruciating ailments and amazes us with endless 14-hour days scouring technical reports in search of that one clue that might help him make his case. The naïve corporate defense attorney we meet at the book’s start is gone by the end, and he seems no longer surprised when he realizes that regulators, including the Environmental Protection Agency, are in DuPont’s pocket.”—The New York Times Book Review
“In the grand tradition of Jonathan Harr’s A Civil Action, lawyer Bilott presents his own real-life legal thriller…readers will be riveted… smartly told and briskly paced, with keen attention to pertinent details.”—Booklist, starred review
“Leaves little doubt that year after year, the corporation misled government agencies, courts, and consumers into a false sense of security about the poisonous nature of their manufacturing processes.”—Kirkus Reviews
“‘Rob’s letter lifted the curtain on a whole new theater,’ says Harry Deitzler, a plaintiff’s lawyer in West Virginia who works with Bilott. ‘Before that letter, corporations could rely upon the public misperception that if a chemical was dangerous, it was regulated.'” —excerpt from “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare,” by Nathaniel Rich, New York Times Magazine
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