Into the Weeds: Dewayne "Lee" Johnson vs. Monsanto Company

Opening Night Film

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Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
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Festival Info
Festival Year:2022
Accessibility:Closed Captions
Audio Description
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Activism
Capitalism & Big Business
Ecology & the Environment
Food & Agriculture
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Jennifer Baichwal
Producer(s):Jennifer Baichwal
Nicholas de Pencier
Executive Producer(s):Nicholas de Pencier
Daniel Iron
Geralyn Dreyfous
Associate Producer(s):Nadia Tavazzani
Writer(s):Jennifer Baichwal
Editor(s):Roland Schlimme
David Wharnsby
Cinematography:Nicholas de Pencier
John Price
Composer:Daniel Lanois
Martin Tielli
Sound:Dave Rose
Lou Solakofski


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Opening Night Screening: Catch the world premiere of our opening night film, including an exclusive Q&A with director Jennifer Baichwal and special guests from the film.

Dewayne Johnson, a Bay Area groundskeeper, suffered from rashes in 2014 and wondered if they were caused by the herbicide he'd been using for the past couple years. As his health deteriorated, Johnson became the face of a David-and-Goliath legal battle to hold a multi-national agrochemical corporation accountable for a product with allegedly misleading labelling. Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide, has been a signature product for the multinational agrochemical corporation for over four decades. Used by industrial farms, golf courses and suburban homeowners with a grudge against dandelions, it is sold in more than 130 nations. Scientists raised concerns about its environmental impact and carcinogenic properties, but the deep-pocketed corporation's lawyers, lobbyists and marketers deflected numerous studies and disputed the findings. Adding to her award-winning body of work centred on our strained relationship with the natural world, acclaimed director Jennifer Baichwal follows Johnson through his battle, setting his personal journey against a global environmental crisis. Alexander Rogalski

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