“Come Hell or High Water”: A Don’t-Miss Moment of Reflection for Social Justice Activists

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August 26, 2015; LeahMahan.com

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s strike on the Gulf Coast, NPQ would like to recommend this sadly overlooked documentary, Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek, which is being streamed for free until the end of next week. The documentary weaves a number of stories—environmental justice, development politics that are anything but post-racial, and the power and personal cost and payoff of successful social justice organizing—into a moving, powerful whole.

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Here’s the film maker’s description:

Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek follows the painful but inspiring journey of Derrick Evans, a Boston teacher who moves home to coastal Mississippi when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city of Gulfport. Over the course of a decade, Derrick and his neighbors stand up to powerful corporate interests and politicians and face ordeals that include Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster in their struggle for self-determination and environmental justice.

This film will stay in your head long after you’ve seen it.—Ruth McCambridge