Mossville: When Great Trees Fall


Roxie Theater Sat, Sep 28, 2019 3:30 PM
Film Info
Director:Alexander Glustrom
Producer:Daniel Bennett
Katie Mathews
Catherine Rierson
Linda Karn
Michelle Lanier
Year of Production:2019
Film Type:Feature
Premiere Status:San Francisco Premiere
Topic:Activism/People Power
Big Business
Eco Heroes
Land Rights
Running Time:76 min.


Expected Guests: Executive Producer Michelle Lanier; emcee Mark Decena, SFGFF Board


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. As this centuries-old black community, now contaminated and uprooted, comes to terms with the loss of its ancestral home, one man standing in the way of the plant's expansion refuses to give up.


“Striking and urgent, this harrowing account of environmental racism follows Stacey Ryan, one of the last remaining residents of a historically African American community, as he fights an influx of petrochemical plants into his town.” ~ IndieWire


“The story of Mossville is a story of America and serves as an undeniable call to action for anyone who claims to be concerned with ensuring environmental justice is secured. If we are to have any hope of moving forward, we must follow the lead of these communities and resist the erasure of these stories at all costs." ~ William J. Barber III, Co-Chair, Ecological Justice Committee, North Carolina Poor People's Campaign


Join us before the screening for a panel discussion with Michelle Lanier and other guests on 'Accountable Filmmaking', 1:00pm at Manny'sFree admission. 


A reception follows this screening at the Festival Activist Center at 518 Valencia, open to all ticket & passholders.


Community Allies:

Soil Not Oil Coalition

Sunflower Alliance

United Nations Association Film Festival


Alexander GlustromAlexander Glustrom has directed, shot, produced, and edited a wide variety of film projects. His first film is the award winning documentary Big Charity which won The Jury Award and Audience Award at The New Orleans Film Festival, was awarded 2015 Documentary of the Year by Louisiana Endowment For The Humanities.

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