Vanishing Pearls is the story of the oyster fisherman of Pointe à la Hache, Louisana fighting to restore the environmental health of their town after the devastating April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. An exploratory, offshore drill rig, owned and operated by multinational oil and gas company BP plc, exploded and eventually sank. Before the well was finally capped in July 2010, an estimated 4.9 million barrels of gas was oil was leaked.
The salience of this film is summed up adroitly by director Nailah Jefferson,
I am awestruck by the fact that a community fifty five miles away from my front door step that defines and sustains my identity as a New Orleanian was completely unknown and foreign to me. With films and storytelling, we can shed light in dark places -and those dark places aren’t particularly in farthest reaches or various, exotic ports of call. They are often in our own backyard and next door.
Vanishing Pearls is brought to you through the festival’s membership in the African American Film Releasing Movement (AFFRM). The film screens on Sunday April 27 at 7 pm. Check out the trailer below and get your tickets here.
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See you April 26!