Mossville, La., is a shadow of its former self. Once a community rich in natural resources and history, Mossville was founded by formerly enslaved people, where neighbors lived in harmony and were insulated from the horrors of Jim Crow. Today, however, Mossville no longer resembles the town it once was. Surrounded by 14 petrochemical plants, Mossville is the future site of apartheid-born South African-based chemical company Sasol’s newest plant — a $21.2 billion project and the largest in the Western hemisphere. The community struggles to let go of their ancestral home, and at the center of it all is a man named Stacey Ryan. Stacey is 48 years old and a lifelong resident of Mossville. In the past 10 years, he has lost both parents to cancer and seen the neighborhood he grew up in demolished to make way for Sasol’s project. He experiences these changes from the view of his parents’ home, a FEMA trailer smack in the middle of where the new Sasol facility is being built — and he refuses to leave. Having promised his dying parents to fight the sprawling chemical companies, Stacey struggles to keep his word as his power, water, and sewage are all cut off, and his health continues to decline from ongoing chemical exposure.
With producer Lyntoria Newton.