'Dark Waters' screening to be followed by talk on PFAS

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WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. — "Dark Waters," a film based on the true story of a laywer who risks his career and family to uncover the effects of decades of PFOA exposure to a West Virginia community, will be shown at Images Cinema on Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. The screening will be followed by a talk by David Bond, associate director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College, on PFAS contamination in local areas.

In the film, corporate environmental defense attorney Rob Bilott (Academy Award-nominee Mark Ruffalo) 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 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 (Hathaway) but also his reputation, his health and his livelihood.

Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring St., Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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