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Mossville: When Great Trees Fall

Series: Portland EcoFilm Festival

Pacific Northwest Film 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 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 his neighborhood demolished to make way for Sasol’s new plant. 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 refuses to leave. Directed by Alexander John Glustrom.

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

On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are fighting 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. Directed by Sam Vinal, Mutual Aid Media.

Guest passes accepted.

Year 2019
Format Digital
Runtime 100min
Wheelchair accessible Yes
Assistive Listening Available
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Showtimes

Saturday, September 28