Into the Weeds: Dewayne “Lee” Johnson vs. Monsanto Company

Directed by Jennifer Baichwal

98 MIN


United States

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Featuring a Q&A moderated by the Black, Bold & Brilliant team with film’s director, Jennifer Baichwal.

Does the most widely used weed killer in the world cause cancer? Into the Weeds: Dewayne “Lee” Johnson vs. Monsanto Company follows the story of groundskeeper Lee Johnson and his fight for justice against agrichemical giant Monsanto (now Bayer, which bought the company in 2018), the manufacturer of the weed killer, Roundup.

In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization, classified glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup – as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” A year later, Lee Johnson filed a lawsuit claiming that Ranger Pro, a commercial-grade variant of Roundup, was a substantial contributing factor in causing his Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Johnson’s was the first ‘bellwether’ case in a mass tort against Monsanto involving tens of thousands of plaintiffs. Blending interviews, trial footage, news coverage and vérité, the film follows the progression of this groundbreaking trial, while also telescoping out to understand both ubiquity of use and its global repercussions.

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Official Selection:

2022 Hotdocs Festival
2022 Denver Film Festival
2022 Hamptons International Film Festival
2022 Green Film Festival of San Francisco
2022 Festival dei Popoli
2022 ACT Human Rights Festival
2023 K Docs Film Festival

Black, Bold & Brilliant

March 6, 2024 at 7:00 pm
The City Library

Featuring a Q&A moderated by the Black, Bold & Brilliant team with film’s director, Jennifer Baichwal.


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