L'EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP

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L’EAU EST LA VIE: FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP follows water protector Cherri Foytlin as she leads us on a no nonsense journey of Indigenous resistance to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline (BBP) in the swamps of Louisiana. At the film’s opening, viewers are introduced to the Atchafalaya Basin, which was once a Maroon colony--a critical hub of Indigenous and black resistance. Cherri recounts her first-hand experience with the environmental destruction caused by the BP oil spill and how it devastated a local crawfisher man and his way of life. This event caused Cherri to take a hard look in the mirror and ask herself--how did I contribute to this and what can I do to change it? It’s in that moment that the fire of resistance is ignited and Cherri’s life takes a sharp turn. This seed grows into the L’eau Est La Vie Indigenous resistance camp led by a council of Indigenous women, including Cherri Foytlin and Anne White Hat. As the documentary unfolds, we get an on the ground glimpse into the 100+ non-violent direct actions that laid the base for the strongest resistance in Louisiana history.

Friday, Feb 21st - Journey Museum - Film Session B

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Saturday, Feb 22nd - Hot Springs - Film Session J 2:00 - 5:00 pm

U.S.A., Short Documentary, 24 minutes

Director: Sam Vinal

Producers: Melissa Cox

Story Editor: Heidi Haines

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