Film Screening: ‘The Bitter Pill’

A documentary about the biggest civil litigation in U.S. history that took on pharmaceutical companies and their role in the opioid epidemic. The film will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers.


Center For American Progress | 1333 H St. NW Washington DC 20005 | In-Person Only
6:00 - 8:30 PM EDT

Join the Center for American Progress’ Reel Progress program for a special screening of “The Bitter Pill” as part of the DC/DOX Film Festival.

This 99-minute documentary follows plaintiff attorney Paul Farrell Jr., whose hometown was ravaged by the opioid epidemic. He sets out to take on giant pharmaceutical companies to recover enough money to make a lasting impact on recovery efforts in the area. When his legal strategy catches the attention of lawyers across the country, all of the cases get rolled into the biggest civil litigation in U.S. history. Will the case become too big for this small-town lawyer, or will he rise to the occasion and effect change not just for his hometown but for the entire nation?

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and subjects of the film. Panelists include: Paul Farrell Jr. (Founder and Attorney, Farrell and Fuller Law); Clay Tweel (Director, “The Bitter Pill”); and Mariam Rashid (Associate Director of Racial Equity and Justice, CAP). The discussion will be moderated by Andrea Ducas (Vice President of Health Policy, CAP).

A light dinner will be provided.

The Center for American Progress is a proud sponsor of the DC/DOX Film Festival 2024.

Center For American Progress | 1333 H St. NW Washington DC 20005 | In-Person Only

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