New Film on Colorado River Screened, Discussed
On September 19, 2012, the Tucson premiere of WATERSHED, the latest movie release from The Redford Center, was held at the Loft Cinema. The Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), in partnership with the Sonoran Institute and Tucson Audubon, hosted the premiere. Panelists were on hand following the screening to discuss the film and its message.
WATERSHED tells the story of the Colorado River with firsthand perspectives from people who live and work along the River. It provides a compelling view of multiple stressors that affect the vitality of the River and prevent it from reaching its mouth at the Gulf of California. A special plea is made for renewing the River’s delta, where lack of water has destroyed a once thriving ecosystem.
The screening of WATERSHED was followed by a question and answer session and lively panel discussion, moderated by Nina Trasoff, a former City of Tucson Council Member. The panel discussion afforded the opportunity for the panelists to share their work – in Tucson, southern Arizona, and across the border into Mexico – and how it benefits the Colorado River. Osvel Hinojosa-Huerta, Director of the Water and Wetlands Program for Pronatura Noroeste, A.C. and Francisco Zamora Arroyo, Director of the Sonoran Institute’s Colorado Delta Legacy Program, talked particularly about efforts to reinvigorate environmental assets in Mexico and the delta region.
The film’s Director, Mark Decena, from Kontent Films, was on hand to answer questions about the making of the film and to take part in discussions. The WRRC’s Director, Sharon Megdal, and Luther Propst, Executive Director of the Sonoran Institute, offered perspectives on challenges posed in the film and potential solutions, highlighting actions that Arizonans can take to help improve the Delta region and other natural environments.