Environmental Film Fest Screening and Discussion

Join us Wednesday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. for two films sponsored by the 2012 Environmental Film Fest.

Chasing Water GraphicChasing Water (USA, 2011, 19 min.) Colorado native Peter McBride grew up in a ranching family that depended on the Colorado River for irrigation. His simple desire is to find out where the irrigation water of his youth went after his family used it, and how long it took the water to reach the ocean. This 1,500-mile journey shows how the thirst of the 30 million people that the Colorado supports takes an unhealthy toll. Written by John Waterman. Directed by Peter McBride. Honorable Mention, 2012 Wild and Scenic Film Festival.



Film Poster for Water on the TableWater on the Table (Canada, 2010, 56 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere.
An intimate portrait of Canadian water activist Maude Barlow, considered an “international water-warrior” for her crusade to have water declared a human right, this film captures her public face as well as the unscripted woman behind the scenes. The camera shadows her life on the road in Canada and the United States over the course of a year as she serves as the U.N. Senior Adviser on Water. Barlow states, “Water must be declared a public trust and a human right that belongs to the people, the ecosystem and the future, and preserved for all time and practice in law.” The film also presents several dramatic opposing arguments from policy and economic experts who argue that water is no different from any other resource, and that the best way to protect fresh water is to privatize it. Written, directed and produced by Liz Marshall.

Introduced by Eric White, Adult Librarian, Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library. Discussion with Steve Fleischli, Senior Attorney, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, follows screening.

Second floor auditorium.