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What Lies Upstream

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Cullen Hoback

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About the Movie

In this scandalous political thriller, the filmmaker behind TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY takes his investigatory grit to West Virginia where he looks into a mysterious chemical spill that left 300, 000 people without drinking water for months. As the story deepens, we discover scientific cover-ups and political malfeasance across all levels of government, poisoning the entire system meant to protect drinking water. The Washington City Paper called WHAT LIES UPSTREAM “the scariest film at AFI DOCS” while Variety wrote it’s “a quietly devastating documentary” that “builds a persuasive case against not only industry and political figures, but also the Centers for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency. ” Winner of the Special Jury Prize for investigative filmmaking at the Seattle International Film Festival.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 9
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 9.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Is "What Lies Upstream" persuasive in all respects? No. Will it make you think twice about what's gone unnoticed in your tap water? Absolutely. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, Jan 11, 2018

Fresh: Hoback does an impressive job of methodically building his case. And he's every bit as adroit when it comes to fashioning, over the course of his film, an insightful account of two intriguing players in this ongoing real-life drama. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Nov 20, 2017

Fresh: By acknowledging what isn't known about drinking water, but what should be illuminated about the mechanism behind it, "What Lies Upstream" proves an exemplary piece of advocacy filmmaking. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Jan 11, 2018

Fresh: This quietly chilling wake-up call is sure to be one of the most vital documentaries to hit theaters in 2018. – Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter, Dec 21, 2017

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Customer Reviews

A harrowing tale of corruption in the law-making process, told in the forum of public water safety

What a film! Pulls back the curtain to reveal how greed rules in today’s political climate, where the interests of lobbyists are prioritized over those of the governed. Great people-forward story-telling about a topic that affects us all: public water quality.

Who Watches The Water Watchers?

Water contaminations are a fact of life, but I always thought regulatory agencies were on top of cleanup and making sure our water is safe following such incidents. No more. What Lies Upstream brings to light the shockingly cynical attitude toward public health and safety by the people we trust to tell us whether our water is okay to drink. In an era where scientific facts are increasingly devalued, this film, at least, is speaking truth to power.

"you'd think these people woulda cared more"

An incredible documentary. I saw it summer of 2017 at the Grandin Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia. A truly moving story, shocking in what it exposed about the workings of government, lobbyists, and government agencies that are supposed to be helping to protect the environment and citizenry.

What Lies Upstream
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  • $6.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2018

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