Past screening

Shelter in Place

Directed by: Zed Nelson
Runtime: 0hr 48min Year: 2009
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Directed by: Zed Nelson
Runtime: 0hr 48min Year: 2009
Country: United Kingdom
Topics: Environment
Last Screened: Wed 2nd Mar 2011

Portraits of the vast, sprawling complexes of oil refineries and petro-chemical plants that help make the Texan economy one of the biggest in the world. But does the wealth come at too high a price to the local community?

Texan industries are legally permitted to release millions of tons of toxic pollutants into the air each year, plus thousands of tons more in ‘accidental’ or ‘unscheduled’ releases. When these incidents happen, local residents are told to stay in their homes and tape up their windows and doors.

This procedure is called ‘Shelter in Place‘. Communities living on the fenceline of Texan industry are usually poor, African American and powerless to protest. This film is an intimate portrait of a community battling against environmental pollution and corporate power.