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Yakona (2014)

Yakona, meaning "water rising" in the language of the indigenous people of the San Marcos River in Texas. This multi-award winning film is a visual journey through the crystal clear waters ... See full summary »

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Paul Collins (story), Anlo Sepulveda (story) | 2 more credits »
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Tony Two Hawks Molina Tony Two Hawks Molina ... Comanche Warrior
Jeremy Gutierrez ... Comanche Boy (as Jeremy Guiterrez)
Jacqueline Claire ... Clovis Birth Woman
Tina Rodriguez Tina Rodriguez ... Comanche Woman
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Geoff Marslett ... Jack Hays
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Yakona, meaning "water rising" in the language of the indigenous people of the San Marcos River in Texas. This multi-award winning film is a visual journey through the crystal clear waters of the San Marcos River and its headwaters at Spring Lake, which is home to seven threatened or endangered species. The story takes you from prehistoric times, through the modern era, on an impressionistic journey from the perspective of the river. While filming, many extraordinary changes occurred surrounding the springs and river, including the removal of the Aquarena Springs theme park, the restoration of Spring Lake and the uncovering of ancient human remains. We follow the river from source to sea, through the changing seasons, interpreting the river's time and memory by documenting the relationship between the natural world and humanity. Yakona speaks directly with its beauty while appealing to a higher nature. You begin to understand this is a river that yearns to remain unchanged despite ... Written by Yakona

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Oak Cliff Film Festival - Grand Jury Award Documentary Feature. See more »

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History beneath our butts
16 April 2014 | by clint-j-potterSee all my reviews

As a student of Texas State University, the river is part of our culture. My class ring depicts tubers floating in the San Marcos in front of Old Main. Just that alone shows you the relationship that this river has with our community. To me, Yakona told the rivers' story. From beginning to end. It showcased to natural beauty that many of us in the community don't realize we swim in. The filmmakers subtly tell us that in order for us to enjoy another 12,000 years of these waters, we need to protect it. I was so moved at the imagery of this film. It provided a story with just scenes. No narration needed. They let the river tell us it's life story. We should do all that we can to let that story continue.


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USA

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English

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8 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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Texas, USA

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1.85 : 1
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