Screening of award-winning documentary highlights racial and environmental justice

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For immediate release

 

Screening of award-winning documentary highlights racial and environmental justice

 

Come Hell or High Water: The Battle of Turkey Creek will be shown Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Jan. 21, 2015) – The Institute for the Environment at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Department of Communication Studies, in partnership with the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic and Working Films, will host a free screening of the documentary Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek. Filmmaker Leah Mahan and local environmental justice leaders will be in attendance.

 

The screening will be held Thursday, Feb. 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health. Admission is free and open to the public. Visitors are recommended to park at the Dogwood Parking deck, Manning Drive, diagonally across from UNC Health Care.

 

Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek follows the painful but inspiring story of Derrick Evans and the African American community of Turkey Creek on the gulf coast of Mississippi as they battle developers and politicians in an effort to save their community’s land, history, and culture. Encapsulating pertinent issues of environmental racism, land loss among African American communities, urbanization, and lack of political recognition, the story of Turkey Creek parallels and reflects the story of many communities in North Carolina who have organized for environmental justice and land security.

 

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