Water Warriors: Film + Community Discussion at Real Art Ways

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Water Warriors: Film + Community Discussion

Water Warriors is the story of a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry.

In 2013, Texas-based SWN Resources arrived in New Brunswick, Canada to explore for natural gas. The region is known for its forestry, farming and fishing industries, which are both commercial and small-scale subsistence operations that rural communities depend on.

In response, a multicultural group of unlikely warriors–including members of the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and white, English-speaking families–set up a series of road blockades, preventing exploration.

After months of resistance, their efforts not only halted drilling; they elected a new government and won an indefinite moratorium on fracking in the province.

Join us at 2:45 PM for a short pre-film reception. The film begins at 3 PM.

After the film, participate in a discussion with filmmaker Michael Premo and Jennifer Siskind, Local Coordinator from Food & Water Watch.

About Michael Premo
Michael Premo is a multi-disciplinary artist, journalist and documentary storyteller.
He is co-founder and Executive Producer at Storyline.

Michael has created, produced and presented original work with numerous companies including Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Foundry Theater, The Civilians, and the Peabody Award winning StoryCorps. Michael’s photography has appeared in publications like The Village Voice, The New York Times, and Het Parool (Holland), among others. He is an affiliate consultant/trainer for the Interaction Institute for Social Change and most recently he is working with Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis, helping design and implement a global outreach and engagement campaign for their book and film project, This Changes Everything.

About Jennifer Siskind
Jen Siskind has been a Local Coordinator for Food & Water Watch for 5 years. She partners with elected leaders and citizens to champion laws that will keep Connecticut communities protected.

About Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch has been privileged to support and partner with nations and tribes from Oregon to North Dakota to Maine. Collaborative and local efforts are key strategies for wins. Here in Connecticut, they are working to prevent toxic, radioactive fracking waste from contaminating CT communities. 36 towns and cities have passed local ordinances, with more pending. Their work to change state law, which now requires future regulations (meaning future permits for bringing hazardous fracking waste in from other states), continues this legislative session.