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Akeeshea grew up in a tight-knit black community called Calumet in East Chicago, Indiana. When the effects of lead poisoning were fully uncovered in 2016, her community was uprooted and displaced. Mother Lead tells the story of Calumet, of motherhood, and of the will to fight environmental racism and violence.
This short documentary film is presented in tandem with a thesis paper titled "Hidden Waste, Toxic Bodies: Narratives of Industrial Pollution in the USS Lead Superfund Site, East Chicago, Indiana" in the Culture and Politics Department in the School of Foreign Service.