Living as far as I do from the Gulf Coast, I was never hit by the full impact of the BP oil spill. The extent of the environmental destruction never truly reached me – even when I saw statistics, they were just numbers on a page. I, like much of the public, was also taken in by BP’s campaign to try and exculpate itself. This documentary was a real eye-opener: director Barker White puts a human face on the disaster, interviewing the residents whose lives were directly affected. However, as much as the mission of Beyond Pollution is to expose the corruption that facilitated the spill – and its subsequent cover-up – the interviews aren’t one-sided; White brings in BP contractors as well as objective scientists to give audiences a fuller picture of what transpired. Now that such a powerful documentary is readily available, there’s no excuse for being ignorant of the atrocities committed by BP.
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