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Southern Exposure Films in Gadsden
April 19, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Join Alabama Rivers Alliance and Coosa Riverkeeper for the FREE & IN-PERSON screening of a specially curated collection of Southern Exposure short films at the Gadsden Museum of Art! Coosa Riverkeeper will host a special open conversation after the films.
We’ll have delicious snacks and lemonade, and you can bring your own drink of choice to enjoy. Join us when the doors open at 5 and see the special installations of the museum, including a cool section devoted to the Coosa River!
ABOUT THE FILMS
Created in six short weeks during the summer, the Southern Exposure films celebrate special people and places in Alabama. The specially curated program of films for this evening:
|A Fisher's Right to Know
|Fishers throughout East Alabama depend on the mighty Coosa River for food, recreation and a family pastime that goes back generations. But do fishermen and women -- and their families -- have a right to know which fish are safe to consume? Not currently in Alabama, the River State. Coosa Riverkeeper and other advocates are working to give fishers across the entire state that right.
|Angel of Alabama
|Brenda Hampton was born first of ten to a family in rural Alabama. Her mother taught her to think critically and always fight for justice, so she left for Boston to become an investigator. When her mother fell ill, she returned to Alabama to donate her left kidney. Eventually Brenda’s remaining kidney began to fail and triggered her realization of a larger problem. With her expertise and passion for justice, she identified the source of massive environmental contamination in Alabama. Her years of work have led to a permanent water solution for her community. Her efforts have even pushed international progress including a policy change by the largest fast-food company in the world: McDonalds.
|Something About Little River
|There's only one river in North America that flows entirely on top of a mountain -- the Little River in Northeast Alabama. For over 100 years, the Little River Canyon has attracted visitors with its geology, biodiversity, and breathtaking beauty. This film celebrates the Little River and explores how Wild & Scenic designation would benefit the communities along the river. Community members, citizens, artists, business owners, local storytellers, musicians and water protectors in the film all agree this beautiful area deserves protection and the special recognition that comes with it.
|Our 100 Year Floods
|Through the voices of community members in Birmingham and Gadsden, this visual exploration captures the struggles of families and homeowners impacted by decades of flooding.
Initially a result of racially motivated zoning laws, the impacts to these communities are even more pronounced in our new climate – one prone to more flash floods than ever before. As flooding reaches even the wealthiest suburbs, we must ensure these historically neglected communities receive the attention they deserve.