Mossville: When Great Trees Fall

Direction
Year 
2019
Country
  • United States 
Runtime
75min 
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Subtitles 

Selected by Sadie Tillery, Artistic Director at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, for Recommended By...Festivals, a partnership with 11 film festivals from across North and South America. With this collaboration we chart a course all along the map of the Americas as well as through the contemporary documentary scene.

"Full Frame hosted the U.S. premiere of Mossville: When Great Trees Fall during its 2019 festival; the film received the Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights. Stacey Ryan’s story illuminates the devastating effects of environmental racism, on individual lives, entire communities, and the natural world. With astounding cinematography, the film emphasizes the harrowing destruction caused by systems of power that prioritize financial gain no matter the costs." - Sadie Tillery

Mossville, Louisiana is a shadow of its former self – a community rich in natural resources and history, founded by formerly enslaved people and free people of color – where neighbors lived in harmony, insulated from the horrors of Jim Crow. Today, however, Mossville no longer resembles the town it once was. Surrounded by 14 petrochemical plants, Mossville is the future site of apartheid-born South African-based chemical company Sasol’s newest plant – proposed as a $21.2 billion project and the largest in the western hemisphere.

As the community comes to terms with the loss of their ancestral home, one man standing in the way of a plant’s expansion refuses to give up.

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Details

  • Original Title
    Mossville: When Great Trees Fall
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Alex Glustrom
  • Editing
    Alex Glustrom, Tim Watson
  • Music
    Carlos Jose Alvarez
  • Sound
    Michael Gilbert and Sazerac Sound
  • Runtime
    75 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    • United States
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Awards
    • THE HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD FROM FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL
    • THE DAVID CARR AWARD FOR TRUTH IN NON-FICTION FILMMAKING AND JUNIOR JURY AWARD AT MONTCLAIR FILM FESTIVAL
    • BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM FROM RAINIER INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
    • BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM AND ECOHERO AWARD FROM PORTLAND ECOFILM FESTIVAL
    • BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FROM TORONTO’S PLANET IN FOCUS FILM FESTIVAL
    • BEST IN SHOW FROM BEND FILM FESTIVAL
    • BEST SOUTHERN FEATURE FROM HOT SPRINGS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
    • AUDIENCE AWARD AND HONORABLE JURY MENTION FROM NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL
    • DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR FROM LOUISIANA ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES
    • SPIRIT OF ACTIVISM AWARD FROM WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
    • BEST FEATURE FILM FROM EFFY FILM FESTIVAL
    • IMPACT AWARD FROM EARTHXFILM FESTIVAL
    • DOCUMENTARY JOURNALISM AWARD FROM SALEM FILM FESTIVAL
    • ENVIRONMENTAL GRIT AWARD FROM INDIE GRITS FILM FESTIVAL

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