Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

California Water Stories

Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, 3–6 p.m.
Chico Women's Club
Free/Donations Accepted

The Valene L Smith Museum of Anthropology, in partnership with the Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology, will present their third annual, In Focus Film Festival: California WATER Stories, on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at the Chico Women’s Club(opens in new window). Explore the complexities of water in California from diverse perspectives – Indigenous groups of California, agricultural laborers, activists, fishermen, politicians, farmers, citizens and stakeholders. 

The films were directed by Professor of Anthropology at CSU Chico, Dr. Jesse Dizard, and produced at the Emmy Award Winning Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology (ALVA) at CSU, Chico.  

The event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public.

 Make an Afternoon of It! 

•          Chico Natural Foods will be selling small plate appetizers and kombucha.

•          Chico Women’s Club will offer a no-host bar.   

•          Tabling set up by local groups Butte Environmental Council, AS Sustainability, Altacal Audubon, and Certified Neighborhood Habitats, and the City of Chico Sustainability Task Force.

Festival Schedule:

3:00 Stolen Paradise The stark landscape of the Eastern Sierras, Mono Lake, and Owens Dry Lake illustrate the consequences of efforts in the early 20th century to move water from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles. 

3:45 Muerte Silenciosa follow the life of Central California agricultural laborer Consuelo, who describes her difficulties making ends meet and caring for her newborn without safe, clean drinking water. 

4:30 Treading Water Explore water scarcity issues of our local community through the lens of local Indigenous groups, water activists, commercial fishermen, farmers, politicians and others.

5:00-5:20 Break

5:20-6:00 Panel Discussion

Moderator: Dr. Todd Greene, CSU Chico Chair of Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences.

Panel Participants: 

•          Ali Meders-Knight, Mechoopda activist and artist. 

•          Jim Brobeck of Aqualliance.

•          Dr. Jeffery C. Davids Assistant Professor Civil Engineering Department, CSU Chico.

•          Maggie Scarpa, City of Chico Civic Spark Fellow.

In focus film festival. Sunday, November 10th. California Water Stories, California Indigenous Groups, Agricultural Laborers, Farmers, Fishermen, Politicians, Activists, Citizens & Stakeholders. For more information about this event please call 530-898-5397