MIAMI — A documentary, "Owners of the Water: Conflict and Collaboration Over Rivers," will be shown at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at Commons Hall on the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M campus.
The film is short but will leave the viewers understanding the power people can have when motivated to protect their homelands and the water that sustains them from large corporate farming operations which must have been given the Right to Farm, according to Rebecca Jim, executive director of the LEAD Agency, which is hosting the screening.
“Two different indigenous tribes, one in Venezuela the other in Brazil, organized efforts with their people to protect the water they value as life,” Jim said. “One of the methods they used was film. They showed their lives intertwined with their rivers and the impact large agricultural farming operations are having on the quality of the water and in one case the extreme scarcity of water as a resource
“Both are cultures in conflict with big business, who must be feeling the shock of the 21st century moving a bit too close to their worlds.”
Filmmakers David Hernandez Palmar (Wayuu) from Venezuela and anthropologist Laura R. Graham will be present with University of Oklahoma Geography Associate Professor Laurel Smith for questions and answers following the showing.
“We should all be honored to see the film with the very people living the struggle,” Jim said. “It will be a great opportunity for the community to experience. They will also be showing their film at a large film festival in Norman later that week.”
Refreshments will be served.