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Les Vues Free Film Series: “Fatal Flood”

Join us for the free monthly cultural film series, Les Vues, held the last Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Performance Center. Les Vues is curated by filmmakers and enthusiasts, mostly from around the state. The films will range from features, documentaries, student film, shorts, animation, etc. that focus on the themes surrounding various aspects of culture. Following the screenings will be an open discussion between the audience and the curator about the themes of the movie and how they apply to that culture as well as our own.

August’s screening will be curated by Dr. Michael Martin, Director of the Center for Louisiana Studies, who will be showing the PBS documentary :Fatal Flood,” which depicts the dramatic story of greed, power and race during one of America’s greatest natural disasters, the 1927 flood. Admission to the series is free, but a suggested $5 donation will go toward the cost of screening and curating costs.
In the spring of 1927, after weeks of incessant rains, the Mississippi River went on a rampage from Cairo, Illinois to New Orleans, inundating hundreds of towns, killing as many as a thousand people and leaving a million homeless. In Greenville, Mississippi, efforts to contain the river pitted the majority black population against an aristocratic plantation family, the Percys, and the Percys against themselves. A dramatic story of greed, power and race during one of America’s greatest natural disasters.