Award-wining film 'The Fight for Water'
The award-winning documentary, "The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker
Struggle", which documents the historic 2009 Water March that spanned
across the Westside of the California Central Valley to the San Luis Reservoir
by farmers and their farm workers in order to restore their water, will screen
in Bakersfield, California, as the "Official Selection" at this
year's first ever Outside the Box Bakersfield Film Festival, which
will be held November 8 - 10, at the Historic Fox Theater.
The film, which was just awarded Best Documentary at
the Viña de Oro International Film Festival in Fresno, will
screen Friday, November 8 at 1:50 pm. Tickets for the screening can be
purchased online at www.foxtheateronline.com or at www.bakersfieldfilmfest.com.
The documentary, which put a human face to the historic water crisis and
the environmental decision that impacted a farm working community in the
Westside of the California Central Valley, has won accolades and worldwide
recognition. The film was recently nominated for Excellence in
Filmmaking and was Runner Up Winner for Best Documentary in
Cinematography and Runner Up Winner for Best Political
Documentary Film at the Action on Film International Film
Festival. The film also screened internationally at the Kuala
Lumpur Eco Film Festival, in Malaysia, and at the Life Sciences
Film Festival, in the Czech Republic.
The film will also screen in Pacific Grove, California, as the
"Official Selection" at this year's International Monarch
Film Festival, which will be held December 11 and 12.
The film was produced by Juan Carlos Oseguera. He is a San Francisco
State University alumnus who has been a published film critic and has won
awards and recognitions in writing, producing and directing.
Oseguera is not associated with the California Latino Water Coalition,
which was the prominent organization behind the 2009 Water March; nor did he
receive any funds from any organization to produce the film. Oseguera
wrote, edited and directed the film independently to maintain his sole vision
Hollywood actor Paul Rodriguez, who helped organize the water march, is featured in the film for his activism in this
cause. Major political figures from throughout the state, and community
leaders representing the Central Valley community, who stood in favor and
against the water cause, also appear on the film. Arnold Schwarzenegger
also makes an appearance.
The documentary features two Latino farmers, Joe Del Bosque and George
Delgado, who describe how federal water measures contributed to fields going
dry in the West Side of the California Central Valley in 2009 while refuges
that protect a threatened fish received all of the water designated for
them. Because of this, workers were laid off and the governor had to
declare the affected area a disaster in order to provide government-run food
assistance for over two-hundred thousand farm working people who were now
displaced from their jobs. Many of these were undocumented workers who
did not have other means to turn to.
Oseguera, 39, who was raised in the California Central Valley by parents
who were migrant farmworkers, understood the struggle they were facing and set
out to document the their plight as a lesson to be learned and as a voice to be
heard. Yet in his quest to understand this water situation, he uncovers
class, racial and environmental intricacies behind water access and
distribution in California, and the ripple effect it has on all of us. It is an
eye opening documentary that everyone must see.
For additional information about the film and the film festivals screenings
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