Island Out of Time

  • 2002
  • TV-G

A prize-winning homage to the watermen of isolated Smith Island in the Chesapeake, whose 400-year-old way of life is threatened by a depletion of crab and oyster stocks, as well as by rising water levels. With the help of the Army Corps of Engineers, the islanders are fighting back, but long-term prospects aren't bright. "The island lifestyle is going t (more…)

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A prize-winning homage to the watermen of isolated Smith Island in the Chesapeake, whose 400-year-old way of life is threatened by a depletion of crab and oyster stocks, as well as by rising water levels. With the help of the Army Corps of Engineers, the islanders are fighting back, but long-term prospects aren't bright. "The island lifestyle is going to disappear," says waterman (and historian) Jennings Evans. "But we're so stubborn that we're going to cling to it as long as we can."

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