Fight For Water Film in Fresno
Fight for Water Film: A Farm Worker Struggle is the "Official
Selection" at the Viña de Oro Film Festival, which will be taking place
October 16 - 19 at the historic Tower Theatre. The festival will close with the
documentary on Oct. 19 at 6pm.
be bought at the door or in advance. For more information they can call
the Viña de Oro Film Festival at 559-492-7878.
Fight For Water Film documents the struggle of two farmers, and thousands of
farm workers on the Westside, Fresno County, in 2009 when there was only a 10
percent water allocation.
Juan Carlos Oseguera focuses on the 50-mile historic water march in his
film, the only film that documents this journey that brought more than 1,000
farmers and farm workers from all over the state.
film also records the many food lines that became necessary in towns such as
Firebaugh, Mendota, San Joaquin and Huron. Farmworkers, though humiliated, were
forced to resort to these food lines due to the high unemployment that reached
in excess of 40 percent as a consequence of the non-irrigated fields.
though The Fight For Water Film documents this event in 2009 and 2010, nothing
has changed. In fact, farmers in the Westside Federal Water Districts are
currently facing what could be an even worse year in 2014. The Bureau of
Reclamation has warned that if there is not significantly more than average
rain and snowfall this winter, there could be an unprecedented zero
water allocation may force many farmers out of business and cause massive
unemployment in the Westside communities already suffering from severely
reduced water allocations. This season, farmers received only 20 percent of
what they needed and paid for.
said, “I have found that Californians outside of the Central Valley, and
Americans out of state, are unaware of the plight of farmers and farmworkers
here. So, we need to expand distribution of the film to educate everybody.”
is growing interest from film distributors to advance the film to wider
audiences,” said Oseguera. “A good way to tell the distributors that the film
needs to be seen by others outside of California is to like the Fight
For Water Facebook page,” he noted.
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