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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