2021 Films

54 Miles to Home

Untold-until-now stories of the three families who risked their lives by opening up their land to provide campsites for the thousands of marchers along the 54 mile route from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. The Halls, Steeles and Gardners share for the first time what their parents and grandparents sacrificed and how their families’ legacies and this historic land can be preserved for generations to come. Directed by Claire Haughey.

Heal the River

Hydropower dams, built decades ago, have dramatically altered river systems across Alabama. Downstream of the Harris Dam on the Tallapoosa River, families and landowners who have lost property and use of the river have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ask for changes to the operation of the dam through the relicensing process. Their hope is that changes can improve downstream conditions and begin to heal the river. Directed by Paulina Sobczak.

The Last Last Hike

83-year-old Nimblewill Nomad is about to become the oldest person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. But he didn’t start at Springer Mountain, Georgia – his trek began on Flagg Mountain in Alabama, the true southern terminus of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Throughout his odyssey, he’s meeting hikers along the way and sharing the magic of Flagg Mountain, where he has been the caretaker for the past three years. With more than two decades and 50,000 miles of hiking experience behind him, will this really be his last last hike? Directed by Céline François.

Wastewater: A Tale of Two Cities

Critical to the environment, public health, and quality of life, wastewater infrastructure in Alabama - and throughout the country - suffers from decades of lack of investment and racial discrimination, and is increasingly threatened by the changing climate. Directed by Sarah Franke.

Take Action, Get Involved

The most effective way to spur change and make a difference is by taking action—find out how you can get involved in the pressing issues featured in the Southern Exposure films by clicking on the action alert located below each film where applicable.


Special thanks to Alabama Rivers Alliance's partner groups who make the Southern Exposure films possible—click below for more information about these organizations and how you can help to protect Alabama's environment:

Alabama Environmental CouncilAlabama Sustainable Agriculture NetworkBlack Warrior RiverkeeperCahaba RiverkeeperCahaba River SocietyChoctawhatchee RiverkeeperCoosa RiverkeeperDog River Clearwater RevivalEnvironmental Education Association of AlabamaFriends of the Locust Fork RiverGASPHurricane CreekkeeperMobile BaykeeperNeighborhood Preservation CoalitionSouthern Environmental Law CenterTennessee Riverkeeper • The Nature Conservancy of Alabama • Wild Alabama

We are so grateful to the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition for generously hosting the visiting filmmakers atop the beautiful Pine Mountain! Click here to learn more about NPC.