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Elliot Page, Dal Health Researcher's Film Releases on Netflix

Posted by Terry Murray-Arnold on March 27, 2020 in News
Poster for "There's Something in the Water."
Poster for "There's Something in the Water."

In March 2020 Netflix subscribers will have a chance to see the documentary There's Something in the Water that moved audiences and critics at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) and FIN (Atlantic International Film Festival) last fall.

Dalhousie University Faculty of Health associate professor Ingrid Waldron co-produced the documentary with actor/filmmaker Elliot Page, Ian Daniel and Julia Sanderson.

The film is based on Dr. Waldron's book of the same name which examines the legacy of environmental racism and its health impacts on Indigenous and Black communities across Canada.

Shelburne activist Louise Delisle speaks with Elliot Page (R) (Photo: still from There's Something in the Water)

Page and Dr. Waldron connected on social media after the actor had tweeted an endorsement of the book while the Nova Scotian-born Page was researching environmental racism in his home province. 10 months later, that collaboration turned into a powerful documentary which was viewed at sold-out shows at international film festivals and received standing ovations.

Dr. Waldron has collaborated with Mi'kmaq and African Nova Scotian communities and their allies to create awareness about and address cases of environmental racism in Nova Scotia through research, publications, legislation and other means.

While she sees these efforts as moving closer to the goal of achieving environmental justice in Nova Scotia, the Netflix release of the film will serve to magnify and connect on a larger scale.  

"It will not only elevate and amplify the voices of affected communities in Nova Scotia on a global scale, but will also help to build bridges and solidarity between affected Nova Scotians and communities around the world that are on the frontlines of environmental justice struggles and movements," said Dr. Waldron.

Dr. Waldron draws connections to environmental racism and the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The rural Black and Indigenous communities that I work with in Canada are already suffering worse health outcomes related to respiratory illness like asthma and higher rates of chronic disease like cancer because where they are living, in many cases next to toxic waste sites," Dr. Waldron said."The corona virus crisis is highlighting a similar phenomenon to environmental racism where those who are marginalized based on income, socio-economic status, disability, age and other factors  are going to be disproportionately impacted by the pandemic," she continued.

Ingrid Waldron is an associate professor in Dal Health’s School of Nursing with a cross appointment to the Department of Psychiatry. Her book There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities is published by Fernwood Publishing. It was awarded the 2020 Society for Socialist Studies Errol Sharpe book prize and the 2019 Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing.

Find out more:

Dr. Ingrid Waldron’s website
The ENRICH Project (Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health)

Washington Post: Netflix documentary ‘There’s Something in the Water’ exposes Nova Scotia’s dirty little secret "
Halifax Examiner: "The More We Filmed, the More Incredible Women We Met"
Time Magazine online: "Watch the new Netflix trailer for There's Something in the Water"