NC Environmental Film Screening & Discussion

On the evening of April 20, 2024, Charlotte Earth Day hosted an eye-opening event exploring the state’s environmental landscape through film. The special screening showcased two powerful documentaries highlighting the diverse impacts we have on our cherished land and ecosystems.

About the Films

Short Film #1: Episode 1 of Docuseries Saying Goodbye to Forever Chemicals (~40min)
Directed By: Angela Hollowell at Rootful Media

Saying Goodbye to Forever Chemicals is a documentary short film about the fight for clean water in Eastern North Carolina. The film explores the impact of PFAS chemicals on the local communities and the efforts of activists and organizations to hold polluters accountable and push for stronger regulations. The film captures the story arc of Democracy Green, and environmental justice nonprofit, engaging the community and moving from advocacy to organizing, engaging the community to fight for their right to clean water. We see residents coming together to learn about the environmental injustices they face and how to hold corporations and government officials accountable. The film explores the critical role that community organizing plays in creating change, highlighting the inspiring efforts of local leaders and activists. Through interviews with community members, we gain insight into their struggles and triumphs, motivating viewers to take action and get involved in the fight for clean water. The film will showcase the power of community-led movements and the importance of collective action in addressing environmental issues.

Short Film #2: Freedom Hill (~40min)
Directed By: Resita Cox

Princeville sits atop wet, swampy land along the Tar River in North Carolina. In the 1800s this land was disregarded and deemed uninhabitable by white people. After the Civil War, this indifference left it available for newly freed enslaved Africans to settle. Before its incorporation, residents called it ‘Freedom Hill,’ gradually establishing a self-sufficient, all Black town. Resting along the floodplain of the river, Princeville and its residents are not strangers to adversity. The historical town has been inundated with flooding over the centuries. With each flood, a little more of the small town erodes.

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