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Come Hell or High Water - The Battle for Turkey Creek


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School Bd/College/University DVD: $325


 

Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 56 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2013
Available in French: No

COME HELL OR HIGH WATER follows the painful but inspiring journey of Derrick Evans, a Boston teacher who returns to his native coastal Mississippi when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city of Gulfport. Derrick is consumed by the effort to protect the community his great grandfather's grandfather settled as a former slave. He is on the verge of a breakthrough when Hurricane Katrina strikes the Gulf Coast.
 
After years of restoration work to bring Turkey Creek back from the brink of death, the community gains significant federal support for cultural and ecological preservation. Derrick plans to return to Boston to rebuild the life he abandoned, but another disaster seals his fate as a reluctant activist. On the day Turkey Creek is featured in USA Today for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explodes.

"A unique and compelling look at how the disparate experiences of one member of the Turkey Creek diaspora are integrated to honor the history of an endangered community. The grit of this very personal portrayal can speak to secondary and post-secondary students and anyone interested in how environmental justice advocacy functions at a local level. The use of classrooms and civic institutions results in a film with high educational value. I would love to use this quality film in my classroom and other activist spaces."
Dr. Jasmine M. Waddell, Resident Dean of Freshmen, Harvard College, Visiting Scholar, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
 
"This intimate film tells a gigantic story - about race, about power, about so-called development. But it is also a saga of community, resilience, resistance, and hope. It's about everything that matters in our society."
Bill Bigelow, Rethinking Schools

DVD Features
Includes SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and scene selection.
 
 


Awards:

Audience Award for Documentary Feature, New Orleans Film Festival

Screened at:
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
San Francisco Green Film Festival



Links: comehellorhighwaterfilm.com/ - film's website


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