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Documentary film, Green, to be shown at Loyola School of Law on Nov. 14

Loyola press release - November 3, 2000

(New Orleans)ó Green, a documentary film that records grave environmental injustice in Louisiana, will be screened at Loyola Universityís School of Law on Tuesday, November 14, at 7 p.m. in Room 308. The law school is located at 526 Pine Street on the Broadway campus.

In the film, six Louisiana communities are visited: Baton Rouge, Plaquemines, Gonzales, Convent, Norco and New Orleans and documents an aerial journey along 100 miles of the Mississippi River. This stretch of the river has 150 petrochemical plants and annually reports the nationís highest concentration of toxic emissions to the air, land and water. Testimonies of those who live along the river draw a chilling portrait of environmental injustice and of how one group of people bears the burden of the nationís consumerism.

One objective of the film is to expose the injustice of these people who are suffering because of environmental pollution and the disregard of this situation by the government. The filmís makers hope to provoke audiences to question their consumerism by becoming aware of its consequences and inspire collaboration within environmental justice communities nationwide.

The film was produced, directed and edited by Laura Dunn, a graduate film student at University of Texas-Austin. Originally from New Orleans, Dunn became acquainted with citizens whose stories of environmental injustice were so compelling that she continued filming until she had more than enough footage for Green. She met with governmental officials, civil rights activists, journalists, lawyers, environmentalists, residents and citizens and shot 94 hours of testimonies, which she edited down to the 50-minute film.

The presentation is sponsored by the Gillis W. Long Poverty Law Center, founded in 1985 as a major community service component of the Loyola School of Law. The center enables Loyola University to expand its legal education and public service activities both within and beyond the boundaries of the greater metropolitan New Orleans area.