Fight For Water Film Aug. 21 at UC Merced
County residents will have the opportunity to view “The Fight for Water: A
Farm Worker Struggle” a documentary based on the historic 2009 march across
the Westside of the Central Valley to the San Luis Reservoir by farmers and
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, the filmmaker, Juan Carlos Oseguera will be
screening his film at the University of California Merced Lakireddy Theater at
6:30 p.m. Admission is Free.
|Juan Carlos Oseguera, Filmmaker|
film interviews people who were facing economic perils, and united themselves
to demand that irrigation restrictions be lifted and water supplies be returned
for the betterment of the community. The film, which has been screening at film
festivals, won an “Honorable Mention Award” for Best Documentary Feature
at the Los Angeles Movie Awards. It was recently chosen as an Official
Selection to the Action on Film International Film Festival, which will be held
August 16-24 2013 in Monrovia, California.
special screening is being co-sponsored by the University of California Merced;
Merced Irrigation District; the California Farm Water Coalition; the Merced
County Farm Bureau Federation; and Yosemite Farm Credit. The Lakireddy
Theater is located at 5200 N. Lake Road, Merced, Classroom and Office Building
(COB) 102. The film will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a
panel discussion featuring film participants and local stakeholders.
film features Joe Del Bosque, and George Delgado, both Westside farmers with
operations in Fresno and Merced Counties. During the film these local farmers
share their personal experiences about how a federal court ruling designed to
protect the Delta smelt contributed to fields going dry throughout portions of
the Westside. The frustration in the community peaked in 2009 when farmers
received only 10 percent of their water allocations, while refuges that protect
threatened fish received all of the water designated to them. Oseguera’s
work gives a voice to people who were most affected by the man-made drought and
shows the resulting unified story of survival.
news reports continue to address the water shortages, Filmmaker Oseguera said
he hopes the film provides a voice to farm laborers and their rural communities
which have been overlooked in recent years. “My parents were migrant
farmworkers and many of my relatives are still working in the fields,” he said.
“This is lending a voice to that.”
Thanks to Amanda Carvajal Executive Director of the Merced County Farm Bureau, for administrating this post!
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