This Black Soil


Montana Premiere

This inspiring documentary chronicles the story of Bayview, Virginia, a community that fights the system, redefines the needs of poor people and challenges all conventional ideas of community development. In this tiny rural African-American village, 85% of the residents live without indoor plumbing or safe heating in below sub-standard housing. In 1994, Virginia’s Governor announced the building of a maximum security prison in their front yards. But Bayview said no. Catalyzed by defeating the state’s plans, the powerful women leadership have acquired the prison site land and over $10M to build a new community. This extraordinary vision of a new rural village includes affordable housing, a sustainable economic base, community and daycare centers, a laundromat, and a community farm which provides jobs and income for the organization.

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