A centuries-old Black community has been contaminated and uprooted by petrochemical plants. As a South African energy corporation strips the land in preparation for a multi-billion dollar expansion, one man stands in the way, refusing to surrender his ancestral land. 

 

 

There once was a town called Mossville, a community rich in natural resources and history, founded by former slaves and free people of color in the late 1700's, where neighbors took care of one another and lived in harmony, insulated from the horrors of Jim Crow. Today, however, it no longer resembles that town. Surrounded by 14 petrochemical plants, Mossville is the future site of South African-based chemical company Sasol’s newest plant – a $21.2 billion project and the largest in the western hemisphere. 

But the community struggles to let go, and at the center of it all is a man named Stacey Ryan. Stacey is 47 years old and a lifelong resident of Mossville. In the past 10 years, Stacey has lost both parents to cancer and seen the historic neighborhood he grew up in demolished to make way for Sasol’s new multi-billion dollar project. He experiences these changes from the view of his parent’s home, a FEMA trailer in the shadow of Sasol’s existing plant, and smack in the middle of where the new facility is being built – and he refuses to leave. As Sasol encroaches on citizens’ property with buyout offers, community members have to decide whether to exist in a chemical war zone, or abandon land that has been in their families for generations.


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"They existed. They Existed.

We can be. Be and be better.

For they existed."

 

                                                                                -"When Great Trees Fall" by Maya Angelou


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