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Water & Power: A California Heist

March 15 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

Gonna be a lot of irate cit­i­zens when they find out that they’re pay­ing for water they’re not gonna get. — Jack Nichol­son as J.J. “Jake” Gittes in Chi­na­town

In 1994, a hand­ful of Cal­i­for­nia state offi­cials met in secret with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from big agri­cul­ture to trans­form wide swaths of for­mer­ly arid land into some of the country’s most fer­tile mega­farms. Two decades lat­er, amid­st a his­toric drought, the Mon­terey Amend­ments have all but deplet­ed the state’s river waters, leav­ing home­own­ers with dry wells and agribusi­ness bil­lion­aires with sky­rock­et­ing prof­its.

Water & Pow­er: A Cal­i­for­nia Heista new Nation­al Geo­graph­ic doc­u­men­tary from Emmy Award-win­ning direc­tor Mari­na Zen­ovich, exam­i­nes the lit­tle-known events in California’s noto­ri­ous his­to­ry of water manip­u­la­tion and the far-reach­ing impli­ca­tions for the thou­sands of peo­ple cur­rent­ly lack­ing access to safe drink­ing water. Play­ing like a real-life, mod­ern-day Chi­na­town, Roman Polanski’s 1974 film noir, the film lifts the lid on the chill­ing effects California’s water cri­sis has on all of us when a pub­lic resource is pri­va­tized.

Fol­low­ing the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val pre­miere, join New Amer­i­ca NYC at Tum­blr for a screen­ing of Water & Pow­er: A Cal­i­for­nia Heist and a dis­cus­sion with the film’s direc­tor, lead sub­ject, and envi­ron­men­tal experts on how every­day cit­i­zens are fac­ing down the water cri­sis to bet­ter pre­serve one of our country’s most pre­cious resources.


Mari­na Zen­ovich @MarinaZenovich
Direc­tor and Exec­u­tive Pro­duc­er, Water & Pow­er: A Cal­i­for­nia Heist

Adam Keats @akboognish
Senior Attor­ney, Cen­ter for Food Safe­ty
Lead sub­ject, Water & Pow­er: A Cal­i­for­nia Heist

Justin Wor­land @JustinWorland
Ener­gy and envi­ron­ment reporter, TIME Mag­a­zine

Fol­low the con­ver­sa­tion online using #WaterAnd­Pow­er and by fol­low­ing @NewAmericaNYC


March 15 
6:30 pm — 8:30 pm 
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