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There’s Something in the Water

Directors Elliot Page, Ian Daniel
Year 2019
Run Time 73min
Genre Documentary
The term “environmental racism” may be unfamiliar to many, but its meaning is fairly literal. It refers to the discrimination minorities face when they are subjected to toxic levels of pollution, often because factories or waste sites are placed near their communities. 

Elliot Page brings attention to these injustices in her home province of Nova Scotia in this urgent documentary about women fighting to protect their communities, their land, and their futures.

Page travels to rural areas of the province that are plagued by toxic fallout from industrial development, discovering that these catastrophes have been precisely placed, all in remote, low income — and very often Indigenous or Black — communities. As the filmmakers observe, your postal code determines your health.


Elliot Page, Ian Daniel


Elliot Page, Ian Daniel, Julia Sanderson, Ingrid Waldron




Environment, Global Experiences, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language


Canadian Distributor

Giant Pictures