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A century after her grandfather claimed his freedom from slavery, Elsie Herring brings attention to the injustices and injuries caused by environmental racism literally in her backyard in this alarming documentary about a group of North Carolina community activists fighting to protect their communities, their land and their futures. Smithfield Foods is the largest producer of pork in North America and its North Carolina facility processes tens of thousands of pigs per day. North Carolina also happens to be one of the only states where it is legal to spray untreated hog waste into the air. The Smell of Money is the unbelievable and appalling story of a multi-billion-dollar corporation poisoning the air, water and lives of their own neighbours—most of them from the Black community. But we may find solace in the bravery of Herring and her fellow community activists, who are the kind of resourceful and compassionate people you should place your bets on. Ravi Srinivasan


  • Director(s)

    • Shawn Bannon
  • Producer(s)

    • Shawn Bannon
    • Jamie Berger
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Kate Mara
    • David Lowery
  • Writer(s)

    • Jamie Berger
  • Editor(s)

    • Shawn Bannon
  • Cinematography

    • Shawn Bannon
  • Composer

    • Curtis Heath
    • Khamani Hagood
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