Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek

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Roxie TheaterSat, May 31, 2014 7:00 PM Not Available
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Film Type:Feature
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Leah Mahan | USA | 2013 | 56 min

San Francisco Premiere

Come Hell or High Water follows the painful but inspiring journey of Derrick Evans, a Boston teacher who moves home to coastal Mississippi when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city of Gulfport. Bay Area filmmaker Leah Mahan worked on the documentary over the course of a decade, as Derrick and his neighbors stand up to powerful corporate interests and politicians and face ordeals that include Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster. This film is about their struggle for self-determination and environmental justice and shows the resilience of a community that stands together for their rights.

"This powerful documentary illustrates a classic case of environmental injustice and exposes raw in-your-face Mississippi racial politics. Come Hell or High Water is a perfect lesson that we are not living in a post-racial era." ~ Dr. Robert Bullard, 'father of environmental justice'

Discussion with: Leah Mahan, director; Derrick Evans, Turkey Creek; Judy Hatcher, Director, Pesticide Action Network; Daniel Iacofano, CEO, MIG Community Planning; Reverend Doctor Ambrose Carroll, Sr., Green For All Fellowship and Senior Pastor, Church by The Side of The Road, Berkeley; additional guests to be announced.

You might also like to see Emptying The Skies (May 30) or Uranium Drive-In (June 3).

Sponsored by:

Full Circle Fund

Co-presented by: Green For All; Bay Area Women in Film & Media; Sierra Club - SF Bay Chapter.

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Leah Mahan is an independent documentary filmmaker whose work has been nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. Leah's film Sweet Old Song (2002) was featured on the PBS series P.O.V. and was selected by film critic Roger Ebert to be screened at his Overlooked Film Festival (“Ebertfest”). She spent a dozen years making Come Hell of High Water and was invited to work on the rough cut at the Sundance Institute Documentary Editing and Story Lab. Her first film was Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street.