A new short documentary film–released free online–reveals “the cold shoulder the city of Dallas gave to the black neighborhood next to the notorious Deepwood Dump, the largest illegal landfill in the state of Texas.” Produced by design non-profit buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, OUT OF DEEPWOOD follows the neighbors of the Deepwood Dump who, after 25 years of protesting, sued the city in a landmark case. The film is an example of the impact design can have on terrible situations while simultaneously bringing attention to this not-so-distant history. The film’s director, Craig Weflen, says,
“This story is a prime example of what can happen when a neighborhood isn’t given the attention it needs, and how difficult it is for some neighborhoods to get this attention. The Deepwood neighbors protested for 25 years, but nothing changed until the courts got involved. As citizens, we cannot stand idly by with the attitude ‘it’s not in my neighborhood.’ We need to care about justice and equity throughout our city.”
Click here to watch OUT OF DEEPWOOD, online at Vimeo.com.