'The Fight for Water' goes International, with Additional Festival Screenings
in Fresno and Bakersfield
award-winning documentary, "The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker
Struggle", which was recently nominated for Excellence in Filmmaking
and was Runner Up Winner for Best Documentary in Cinematography at the Action
on Film International Film Festival, will have several screenings in
October and November.
documentary, which put a human face to the historic 2009 water crisis and the
environmental decision that impacted a farm working community in the Westside
of the California Central Valley, has been invited to screen internationally at
two major environmental film festivals: at the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
in Malaysia, where it will screen alongside other award-winning environmental
films from around the world on October 13, and at the Life Sciences Film
Festival in Prague, Czech Republic, on October 14 - 18.
It will also
screen at this year's Viña de Oro Fresno International Film Festival, which
will be held October 16 - 19, 2013, at the Historic Tower Theatre in
Fresno. The film, which features a historic water march that spanned
across the Westside of the California Central Valley to the San Luis Reservoir
by farmers and their farm workers, will screen Saturday, October 19 at 6 pm and
will be the closing film of the festival, followed by an awards ceremony.
will then screen at the Historic Fox Theater 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, 2013.
actor Paul Rodriguez, who helped organize the water march in the style of Cesar
Chavez, is featured in the film for his activism in this cause. Major political
figures from throughout the state, and community leaders representing the
Fresno community, who stood in favor and against the water cause, also appear
on the film. Arnold Schwarzenegger also makes an appearance.
The film was
produced by Juan Carlos Oseguera, an alumnus of San Francisco State University
who has been a published film critic and has won awards and recognitions in
writing, producing and directing. This is his first feature length
documentary which he wrote, edited, directed and produced under his production
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. This affected
their community tremendously. Because of that, the governor had to
declare the affected area a disaster and provide government-run food assistance
for over two-hundred thousand farm working people who were displaced from their
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. He
wants viewers to understand that migrant farm workers are a driving force to
our economy. 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.
additional information about the film, the film festivals and film screenings,
Viña de Oro Film Festival can be contacted at (559) 709-8875.
Labels: BAKERSFIELD, FIGHT FOR WATER, Fresno, Juan Carlos Oseguera