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Women of Cancer Alley in Film & Conversation

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Women of Cancer Alley in Film & Conversation

Short Films by Women Living Alongside the Petrochemical Industry & Their Work for Healthier CommunitiesWhile Confronting New Threats

WHAT:

The Women of Cancer Alley is a first-ever collection of films made by women who live adjacent to chemical plants, tank farms and refineries along the Mississippi River in south Louisiana. Seven two-minute films depict the lives, concerns and activism of eight women working to stop the country’s planned buildout of plastics plants, including a proposed Formosa complex of 14 facilities that will produce single use plastics and an estimated 26 million tons of greenhouse gases in the already-burdened St. James Parish. The nearby community in St. John Parish has the highest cancer risk in the nation because of unregulated emissions from Denka’s neoprene plant. These communities are ground zero to halt what would be an enormous climate, sustainability and environmental disaster -- industry plans to expand by 35% over the next 6 years! Come learn about the grassroots leadership mobilizing to keep their families from the harm of additional toxic emissions, while protecting the global climate from more greenhouse gases.

Told from different points of view, the films explore common themes: the loss of home, health and even life because of chemical pollution.

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Films and conversation with guest speakers from Louisiana

WHEN:

7-9pm, Wednesday, Sept 18, 2019

WHERE:

Hitchcock Center for the Environment 845 West Street | Amherst MA 01002

WHY:

The communities along the Mississippi River have a strong sense of history and community, yet they are under assault by an ever-expanding petrochemical industry as well as a government that facilitates the construction and pollution. The roots of many of the AfricanAmerican towns impacted by the industry go back hundreds of years. The Women of Cancer Alley are using the power of their experience to expose the abuse, illness, death and destruction that have gone on for generations, and to relay a different vision for the future.

WHO:

The Women of Cancer Alley range in age from 25 to 66. They are from Baton Rouge, St. James, St. John, St. Rose and Norco. The project was organized by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. The filmmaking workshop was led by the Berkeley-based StoryCenter and funded by the Eileen Fisher Foundation.

See this Essence Article about the Women of Cancer Alley: https://www.essence.com/feature/women-of-cancer-alley-documentary/



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