ISLAND ROAD 

2019 | 73min | USA | Documentary                  

HD | Color | Stereo 

SYNOPSIS

                      

In the bayous of southern Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, a band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw natives has resided on the Isle de Jean Charles for seven or eight generations, since the Indian Removal Act of 1830 forced them from their ancestral home. However due to coastal erosion, the Isle de Jean Charles has been disappearing and its diverse wetland ecology has become increasingly imperiled. Dredging of canals in the Gulf of Mexico by oil companies, levee engineering in the Mississippi Delta, rising sea levels, and more frequent and powerful hurricanes precipitated by climate change are the leading causes of this transformation.

 

In recognition of their continued, inevitable displacement, the tribe recently agreed to a resettlement plan with the state and federal governments, that "will help to support and enhance tribal identity, sovereignty, and dignity". But not long afterward, they began to feel sidelined as leaders of the process. Various members of the community appear unwilling to migrate from the place they've spent their entire lives, or abandon their way of life in the marshes. Mostly fisherman by trade, some seem to have few other ways of earning income. Increasingly questioning their isolation, and wavering between resistance and abandonment, these early-stage climate refugees sense the impending loss of community, culture, and environment that is never factored into statistics of economic growth or the price of energy.

CAST

Edison Dardar, Chris Brunet, Ochxia Naquin,

Marq Naquin, Judyann Billiot, Denecia Naquin Billiot,

Wencelaus Billiot, Howard Brunet, Juliette Brunet, 

Maryline Billiot, Elizabeth Dardar.

Written & directed by Francescu Artily

Sound recordist designer: Jean-Florent Chatillon

Music: Matt Elliott

Cinematography: Francescu Artily

Production coordinator: Léa Pieri

Produced by White Chestnut Production

© Louisiana 2019

With the contribution of

  • Collectivité de Corse 

  • Corsica Linea

  • AFC Umani

  • Ciné 2000

  • Air Corsica

Distribution: Torch Films

Educational Sales USA, CANADA & AUSTRALIA

www.torchfilms.com

Distribution SVOD

Tënk (Canada)

www.tenk.ca

Distribution VOD/SVOD

Les films du 3 Mars (Canada)

www.f3m.ca

TV BROADCASTING

 

- France Televisions, France 3 – 2020

AWARD

- Press Award – Festival du Film Politique 2019

PAST SCREENINGS | SELECTIONS

- Festival Image de Ville – (France, 2022)

- FIFEQ-Montreal – (Canada, 2021)

- Festival Pêcheurs du Monde – (France, 2020)

- Guangzhou International Documentary – (China, 2020)

- FIFIG / Carte Blanche – (France, 2020)

- Annual Copenhagen Film Festival – (Denmark, 2020)

- Les Rencontres AD HOC (France, 2019)

- Visions du Réel / Industry – (Nyon, Switzerland, 2019)

- Hot Docs / The Doc Shop – (Toronto, Canada, 2019)

- Whakapapa Film Festival (Italy, 2019)

- The Romford Film Festival – (United Kingdom, 2019)

- FIFIG / Festival du Film Insulaire à Groix – (France, 2019)

- Lama Film Festival – (France, 2019)

Close:Up Edinburgh Docufest – (Scotland, 2019)

- Festival Passion Cinéma – (France, 2019)

- Institut Stanislas  (France, 2019)

- Festival du Film Politique – (France, 2019)

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All contents © Francescu Artily

All contents © Francescu Artily