The River Bottom


The River Bottom
Runtime: 08:58

The Choctaw-Apache tribe of Ebarb, Louisiana, has been living off the land in western Louisiana for hundreds of years. In the 1960’s tribal members were forced to move out of the river bottom to nearby lands. Many had to sell their land for as little as $25 an acre to the governments of Louisiana and Texas. The land was flooded to create Toledo Bend Reservoir and the Choctaw-Apache people lost their ancestral land. This short documentary follows the tribe as they continue to practice their culture and preserve their native identities despite challenges.

Published by ava

Director Ava Lowrey is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts. Since 2005, Ava has been using multimedia to connect with a larger audience and as a means of social activism. As creator of PeaceTakesCourage, millions have viewed Ava’s work and she has been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, CNN, Mother Jones Magazine, and more. As a director Ava has completed multiple short documentaries and screened at festivals across the country. A native of Alexander City, Alabama, Ava’s films often focus on her southern roots, sharing untold stories centered in the American south.