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The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker Struggle (2014)

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When an environmental ruling shut the water pumps to a region of the California Central Valley, a community of valley farmers and their farm workers stage a march across the California Central Valley in order to fight for their water.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Delgado ... Himself - Farmer
Joe del Bosque ... Himself - Farmer
Juan Carlos Oseguera ... Himself - Filmmaker
... Himself - Activist
Patrick Cavanaugh ... Himself - Reporter
Lupita Lomeli ... Herself - TV Personality
Jim Costa ... Himself - Politician
Devin Nunes ... Himself - Politician (archive footage) (as Rep. Devin Nunes)
George Miller ... Himself - Politician (archive footage)
Ray Appleton ... Himself - Radio Personality (archive footage)
... Himself - Former Mayor
Miguel Oseguera ... Immigrant
Rosalba Oseguera-Zavala ... Immigrant
Edwin Oseguera ... Immigrant
Idalia Calderon ... Immigrant


A historical documentary, set during the 2009 California Water Crisis, which documents the plight of the farmer and the farm worker as they struggled to get access to water. Two California Central Valley farmers (George Delgado and Joe Del Bosque), who came from migrant farm workers and whose life's dream had been of being a farmer, take a filmmaker (Juan Carlos Oseguera) around their impacted lands to document how water restrictions and environmental regulations, since 1992, have threatened their way of life, their American dream and their community--to the point that, in order to protect an endangered fish species, an environmental ruling--imposed by the Endangered Species Act--shut their water supply and they had to lay-off thousands of migrant farm workers, which all together, devastated their farming community. Because of that, they felt they needed to act! On April 14, 2009, farmers and farm workers, along with a coalition of Latinos (lead by Latino comedian turned activist, ... Written by Carlos Anaya III

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16 May 2014 (USA)  »

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Film is more timely now!

The Fight for Water Film is a serious documentary on how the Endangered Species Act has put fish before humans. It meant a serious and crippling cutback of water deliveries to farmers, which impacted communities on the West Side of the San Joaquin Valley in California.

In 2009, Film Director Juan Carlos Oseguera carried his camera on an historical 50-mile water march and into neighborhoods and food lines to speak to those impacted by the ESA ruling.

The film also focuses on two farmers Joe Del Bosque and George Delgado, who were once farm workers and later took the risk in becoming farmers and hiring dozens for farmworkers to help them. It tells the story on how the farmers started and how they grew their operations and were able to hire workers and pay them well. But then 2009 hit and the future of their farms became questionable.

The film is very timely as 2012 is worse than 2009, with many farmers receiving a zero allocation. This is due to a drought but also continue environmental restrictions that cause water to flow to the ocean instead of being exported to farms south of the Delta.

The film tells the story that no other media has done.

The interviews with farm workers in food lines is heartbreaking.

The opinions of mayors and other officials is illuminating.

And the frustration of Del Bosque and Delgado a reflection of hundreds of other farmers producing nutritious food for consumers, only to be fighting the biggest challenge of all--the Federal Government--is inconceivable.

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