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Review: 'Vanishing Pearls' shows fallout after Gulf disasters
Review: 'Vanishing Pearls' shows fallout after Gulf disasters

The decimation of the Gulf Coast oyster industry following the one-two punches of Hurricane Katrina and the Deep Horizon oil spill gets a much-deserved close-up in the enlightening, if sometimes sluggish, documentary "Vanishing Pearls." Shot from 2010 to 2013, the film focuses on the travails of the small fishing village of Pointe à la Hache, La. Writer-producer-director Nailah Jefferson tracks the fallout from those two disasters, particularly the 200-million-gallon BP oil spill. The institutional racism that has plagued the community's largely African American oystermen also gets discussed. At the center of Jefferson's recounting is Byron Encalade, a Pointe...

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