Fenceline: A Company Town Divided

The social divisions here — a company town in the Mississippi River’s notorious “cancer alley” — are literally black and white.

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POV, True Stories
Premiere Date
July 23, 2002
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    2002 SFFilm Festival-Certificate of Merit, Environment
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    2002 News and Documentary Emmy Awards-Platinum Award, Television and Cable Production
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    2002 Big Muddy Film & Video Festival-John Michaels Memorial Award
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    2003 Environmental Media Association Award-Best in Doc. Feature
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    2003 Vermont International Film Festival-Issues of the Environment, Best of Category
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    2002 WorldFest - Houston International Film Festival-Slawomir Grunberg, Program Videography
  • Producer/Director

    Slawomir Grunberg

    Slawomir Grünberg is a documentary producer, director, cameraman, and editor whose work has frequently appeared on PBS. He received an Emmy Award for his first P.O.V. presentation, School Prayer: A Community at War. He is a graduate of the prestigious Polish Film School in Lodz, Poland and emigrated from Poland to the US in 1981. He has since shot and Show more produced more than 40 television documentaries. His independent works focus on critical social and political issues and have won him international recognition. Slawomir has also been a contributing director of photography and editor for the PBS’ series Frontline, NOVA, American Masters, AIDS Quarterly with Peter Jennings, Health Quarterly, People’s Century, and the Lifetime Channel and HBO. Show less


    Jane Greenberg

    Jane Greenberg has been working on social issue documentary films since 1996. Much of her work has been broadcast on national public television, including two programs she co-produced: Butte, America, the Saga of a Hard Rock Mining Town (Independent Lens) and Fenceline: A Company Town Divided (P.O.V.) She has associate-produced a number of Show more high-profile documentaries, including the Emmy Award-winning School Prayer: A Community at War. Come Hell or High Water is the first feature documentary she edited. Greenberg continues to freelance and work on her own projects, including Standards of Decency, the story of a mentally retarded man on Mississippi’s death row, which received a Sundance Documentary Fund grant. Show less

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    The Film

    Named after a refinery now owned by Shell Oil, Norco, Louisiana is home to two distinct communities — one black and one white. Though separated by mere blocks, their realities are worlds apart. African American residents who believe pollution is affecting their health demand to be relocated. The white neighborhoods, largely home to employees of Norco, see no problems, and neither does the company. Fenceline shows how one small community and one big corporation struggle to come to terms.