District 15 is a documentary from Patagonia where they meet the families that live next to dangerous oil drilling facilities.
Those living in the 15th District of Los Angeles are surrounded by oil drillers. Almost everyone in the area can see one from their house and some even have them as the neighbours. The long term exposure to the smoke produced by the drilling is having a serious effect on the people here. For some, it can result in shortness of breath or asthma and for others it’s even been linked to premature cases of cancer. Locals here are sick of having the needs of million dollar companies prioritised over their own needs.
Patagonia follows a group of activists who are campaigning for rules to be put in place that would ensure a 2000 ft perimeter between urban areas and oil drilling sites. The group is mostly led by girls in their late teens. Inspired by other climate activists, the teens have done an incredible amount of work to make their voices heard. It’s an amazing doc that shows us the power that ordinary people can have.
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