2020 Films

A Fisher's Right to Know

Fishers throughout East Alabama depend on the mighty Coosa River for food, recreation and a family pastime that goes back generations. But do fishermen and women -- and their families -- have a right to know which fish are safe to consume? Not currently in Alabama, the River State. Coosa Riverkeeper and other advocates are working to give fishers across the entire state that right. Directed by John Haley.

Barriers to Bridges

There has never been a more important time for all people to be able to participate in the environmental movement. From the impacts of climate change to the need to spend more time outdoors, our health and our quality of life depends on it. Yet many barriers keep BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) from feeling included in this movement. This film explores the ways in which organizations in Alabama are doing the necessary and critical work to make sure BIPOC are included. Through the lens of community science, individuals share their struggles to be included and organizations share their challenges and successes with creating more inclusive programs and opportunities. Directed by Robin Crane.

From the Mountains to the Ocean: Turtles of Alabama

Alabama is a global hotspot for turtle diversity and the perfect playground for turtle scientists. The variety of microhabitats traversing the state create conditions for turtle diversity unmatched anywhere else on the planet. This film explores the “glamorous life of turtles” in Alabama -- from the dramatic alligator snapping turtle to the elusive and almost extinct flattened musk turtle -- and the special people who spend their time protecting this critical species. Directed by Joe Fairbanks.

Soiled

When Julie Lay and her family began smelling a stench so powerful it reminded her first-responder husband of the smell of dead bodies, she decided she needed to find out more. She found that in Alabama she was far from alone. She left her career in agriculture and food safety to investigate. Waste by-products, including treated human sewage and the waste from poultry processing plants, is being applied directly to farmland throughout the country. Who is regulating this practice and what kind of pollution or toxins could be getting in our food that is growing in the soil mixed with this sludge? Directed by McKinleigh Lair.

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 video.


Special thanks to our 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 Council • Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network •  Black Warrior RiverkeeperCahaba RiverkeeperCahaba River SocietyChoctawhatchee RiverkeeperCoosa RiverkeeperDog River Clearwater RevivalEnvironmental Education Association of AlabamaFriends of the Locust Fork RiverGASPHurricane CreekkeeperMobile BaykeeperSave Our ShoalsShoals Environmental Alliance  • Southern Environmental Law CenterTennessee Riverkeeper • The Nature Conservancy of Alabama  • Weeks Bay FoundationWildSouth