Losing a beloved family member or close friend is one one of the most painful challenges that anyone has to face during their lives. Contending with the disturbance of their loved ones’ final burial place shouldn’t be one of those difficulties. But in the new documentary, ‘Facing East,’ the surviving relatives of the victims of misconduct in Louisville, Kentucky’s Eastern Cemetery are closer to securing justice for their memories.
In honor of the movie’s upcoming On Demand release on March 17 by Uncork’d Entertainment, ShockYa is premiering the first exclusive clip from ‘Facing East.’ In the clip, two women recall how several of their family members, including their mother, as well as their uncle and cousin, were buried in Eastern Cemetery. But they weren’t able to continue leaving objects in honor of their loved ones, as the items they leaving were being stolen. They also recollect how the ground was so decayed that it had to be cleared, in order to reach their relatives’ graves.
‘Facing Easg,’ which was directed by Tommy Baker, offers a chilling and captivating expose into a graveyard that would re-use graves over and over again. In response to the cemetery’s practices, the Friends of Eastern Cemetery was formed to provide the care and upkeep that the burial grounds so desperately needed.
The owners and operators of Eastern Cemetery systematically re-used graves over and over, which left over 100,000 documented disturbed burial cases. The employees took advantage of low-income families during one of the most difficult times in their lives. Twenty-five years after the cemetery was left abandoned, the film begins to finally offer hope to the surviving families.