P.O.V., Public television's award-winning non-fiction film series presents Fenceline: A Company Town Divided
By Slawomir Grünberg with Jane Greenberg
July 23, 2002 at 10pm (check you local listings.)
Norco, Louisiana is a true company town. Named after a refinery now owned by Shell Oil, Norco is home to two distinct communities—one black and one white. Though separated by mere blocks, their realities are worlds apart. Nowhere is this clearer than in each community’s response to possible links between the company’s activities and the townspeople’s illnesses. African-American residents who believe pollution is increasing as their health goes downhill demand to be relocated, led by the indefatigable Margie Richard. The white neighborhoods, largely home to employees of Norco, see no problems, and neither does the company. A modern David and Goliath story, Fenceline shows how one small community and one big corporation struggle to come to terms. An Independent Television Service (ITVS) and National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) (TBD) Co-presentation
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