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MOSSVILLE: WHEN GREAT TREES FALL

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MOSSVILLE: WHEN GREAT TREES FALL

Directed by Alexander John Glustrom

US, 1 hr 15 mins, PNW premiere

“Welcome to beautiful downtown Mossville,” Stacey Ryan says wryly. “Population: one.” Mossville, Louisiana is a shadow of its former self – a community rich in natural resources and history, founded by formerly enslaved people, 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 – a $21.2 billion project and the largest in the western hemisphere.

At the center of it all is a man named Stacey Ryan. 48 years old and a lifelong resident of Mossville, Ryan has lost both parents to cancer and seen the neighborhood he grew up in demolished to make way for Sasol’s new multi-billion dollar project. He experiences these changes while dwelling in a FEMA trailer formerly owned by his parents, and smack in the middle of where the new Sasol facility is being built. He is the last man standing in the way of the plant’s expansion and refusing to leave.

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L’EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP

Directed by Sam Vinal, Mutual Aid Media

US, 24 mins

On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are ready to fight—to stop the corporate blacksnake and preserve their way of life. They are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it.


Earlier Event: September 28
FILM SHORTS: REBIRTH
Later Event: September 28
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