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THE SACRIFICE ZONE (virtual screening)

Directed by: Julie Winokur

Runtime: 30 min

Year: 2020

Country: Geoblocked to the United States

Rated: Not Rated

Language: English

Film Type: Documentary

Featuring a Q&A by the Black, Bold & Brilliant team with Environmental Justice Organizer, Chloe Desir, and director Julie Winokur.

This screening is available from April 7th through May 7th.

If you travel down a one-mile stretch of Doremus Avenue in Newark, NJ, you pass a natural gas plant next to a sewage treatment facility next to an animal fat rendering plant next to a series of ominous looking chemical storage containers behind acres of fencing. Airplanes pass overhead every two minutes, their engines rattling windows, while a putrid smell wafts from the open pools at the sewage treatment plant.

This stretch is known as Chemical Corridor, and it’s located just down the road from schools and apartment buildings. It borders the Ironbound neighborhood, where Portuguese, Brazilian, Central American and African American residents are separated from toxic substances by little more than a railroad track.

The Ironbound district of Newark, New Jersey, is one of the most toxic neighborhoods in the country. Maria Lopez-Nuñez, a Honduran-American resident there, is waging a war for environmental justice. She is part of the Ironbound Community Corporation, one of the most effective environmental justice organizations in the country. The Sacrifice Zone follows Maria as she leads a group of environmental justice fighters determined to break the cycle of poor communities of color serving as dumping grounds for our consumer society.


Black, Bold & Brilliant is proudly presented by Utah Film Center with support from KRCL.




BBB, as part of our free film programming, is supported by the Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation.



BBB is also supported by  the Salt Lake Arts Council, Utah Humanities (UH), and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Eric Moe Award for Best Short on Sustainability - Environmental Film Festival 2021

Official Selection:

UNAFF International Documentary Film Festival 2020, Princeton Environmental Film Festival 2020, Cinematters NY Social Justice Film Festival 2021, Environmental Film Festival 2021, Climate Crisis Film Festival 2021, One Earth Film Festival 2022, Grassroots Film Fest 2022

Friday, April 7 @ 11:00 AM

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Restrictions: USA

ADA accommodations are available. If you have additional needs, please visit our Accessibility page to connect with an ADA coordinator.

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