Hell or Clean Water

Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Closed Captions
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Canadian Culture & Issues
Ecology & the Environment
Sports & Recreation
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Cody Westman
Producer(s):Jennifer Hawley
Executive Producer(s):Lynne Wilson
Jill Knox-Gosse
Writer(s):Cody Westman
Editor(s):Justin Simms
Cinematography:Troy Maher
Animation:Alexey Terehoff


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Winner—Rogers Audience Award

In what appears to be a Sisyphean task, Newfoundland diver Shawn Bath has devoted himself to cleaning up the ocean floor one rotting tire at a time. He's already removed 15,000 pounds of garbage single-handedly. Through decades of commercial fishing and tourism, these Atlantic harbours became trash receptacles treated with an out-of-sight, out-of-mind attitude. Bath was self-admittedly part of the problem until he could no longer ignore the waste covering the sea floor as he collected sea urchins to make a living. On the brink of bankruptcy and a break-up, his obsessive endeavour catches the attention of locals and a controversial non-profit organization who would like to assist him in scaling up his operations. Driven by passion and held back by bureaucracy, this inspiring story highlights the enormity of human-caused environmental damage and the power of an individual's determination to make the world a better place. Alexander Rogalski

Co-presented with Planet in Focus Environment Film Festival

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