The feature-length documentary Grit from directors Cynthia Wade and Sasha Friedlander will have its broadcast debut Sept. 9 on PBS documentary strand ‘POV.’
More than a decade after a tsunami of mud displaced 60,000 people in East Java, Indonesia, survivors are banding together to fight for justice against Lapindo Brantas, the oil and gas exploration company suspected of unleashing the flow of hot sludge on the once-thriving villages while drilling for natural gas in the area.
Scientists have debated the cause of the volcano, as an earthquake had struck 150 miles west of a Lapindo drilling site days prior to the initial eruption. While the company also pointed to the earthquake as a probable cause, the Indonesian government mandated that the company had to compensate villagers displaced by the disaster, and in 2015, loaned the company what was then the equivalent of US$54.5 million to finalize the compensation process.
Grit follows Dian, a politically active teenager determined to “rise out of her muddy life.” She and her mother, along with many neighbors, join the fight to hold Lapindo accountable for the environmental disaster.
Friedlander and Wade are producers on the film, along with Matthew Syrett of Cynthia Wade Productions and Tracie Holder, principal of Tracie Holder Consulting. Justine Nagan and White of ‘POV’ are executive producers.
Watch the trailer: