Social Justice

Return of the River

Filmmaker: John Gussman & Jessica Plumb

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"Return of the River" offers a story of hope and possibility amid grim environmental news.  It features an unlikely success story for environmental restoration of the Elwha River in Washington State. The film captures the tenacity of individuals who would not give up on a river, mirroring the tenacity of salmon headed upstream to spawn. It is a narrative with global ramifications, exploring the complex relationship between communities and the environment that sustains them.


Vanishing Pearls

Filmmaker: Nailah Jefferson

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For over a century, the people of Pointe a la Hache, Louisiana have survived by fishing off of the plentiful waters surrounding their community. Over time, the powerful oil and gas industry has threatened this small, tight knit community’s way of life, culminating with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. Told from the point of view of the film’s “David”, local oyster fishing businessman Byron Encalade, we learn how a once prolific fishing community has nearly vanished.