Come Hell or High Water

April 29, 2014
8:00pm Eastern Time
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Welcome to WORLD Channel's America ReFramed online screening and live chat of Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek!

Follow the journey of Derrick Evans, who moves home to Mississippi’s Gulf Coast when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city of Gulfport. Derrick, and his neighbors and allies, stand up to corporate interests and local politicians as well as face natural and man-made disasters in the form of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill in order to protect their community and fight for environmental justice.

Joining us for the conversation is Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek filmmaker Leah Mahan; educator Derrick Evans, who is the subject of the documentary; journalist Brentin Mock of Colorlines and Grist; and Sierra Club's National Environmental Justice Director Leslie Fields.

During the screening, please send us your comments and questions. Thank you for watching and participating!

Video Description

Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek

Follow the journey of Derrick Evans, who moves home to Mississippi when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for sprawling Gulfport. Derrick and neighbors stand up to corporate interests and politicians, and face Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster in their struggle for self-determination and environmental justice.

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  • Sharon Wong

    WORLD Channel's Editorial Coordinator and Social Media Manager (facebook: WORLD Channel, Twitter: @worldchannelPTV)


  • Leah Mahan

    Leah Mahan is an independent documentary filmmaker whose work has been nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. She has spent a dozen years making "Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek," and was invited to work on the rough cut at the Sundance Institute Documentary Editing and Story Lab. In 2013, Leah completed a sequel to her first film, "Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street" (1996), about the grassroots effort to revitalize a devastated Boston neighborhood.

  • Derrick Christopher Evans

    Derrick Christopher Evans is an educator, historian, community builder and humanitarian. Evans is a sixth-generation native of coastal Mississippi’s historic African-American community of Turkey Creek, a settlement founded during southern Reconstruction by his former slave ancestors. He taught history and social science courses at colleges in Boston and in the city's public schools. Evans is a co-founding Managing Advisor of the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health, which directs support to Gulf South groups seeking authentic community recovery and resilience.

  • Brentin Mock

    Brentin Mock writes regularly for Grist about the connections between environmental policy, race, and politics. He was lead reporter on Voting Rights Watch, a reporting partnership between Colorlines and The Nation. Before moving to D.C., Mock worked from New Orleans with The Lens and Bridge the Gulf.

  • Leslie Fields

    Leslie Fields is National Environmental Justice Director at the Sierra Club. She teaches international environmental law at Howard University and serves as a Commissioner on the Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies’ Commission to Engage African Americans on Energy, Climate and the Environment.

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