Nailah Jefferson’s Slamdance documentary Vanishing Pearls, which profiles the devastation wrought by the BP oil spill on the tiny fishing community of Pointe a la Hache, Louisiana, has found distribution.
African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) made Vanishing Pearls its first documentary purchase.
In an interview with Women and Hollywood, Jefferson, who was born and raised in New Orleans, revealed, “I think the biggest misconception about this film is that we have some vendetta against BP. That’s not true. We didn’t go searching for problems, [but] these issues are real and they are absolutely leading to the downfall of this community. If BP had kept their word to “make this right,” then Vanishing Pearls would not have been the heart-wrenching story that it is.”
The film will open in NYC and LA on April 18 to coincide with the four-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Watch the Vanishing Pearls trailer: