The Ohio State University at Newark

Water Warriors Screening and Discussion at Ohio State Newark

November 7, 2018

Water Warriors tells the true story of regular citizens from diverse communities who came together to triumph over a corporate foe that threatened their natural resources. The 22-minute documentary will be shown at The Ohio State University at Newark followed by a discussion with one of the filmmakers, Michael Premo, on Nov. 20, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center Performance Platform (room 126).

“The screening of Water Warriors and opportunity to discuss the film with the director gives the audience a rare opportunity to celebrate Native American Heritage month with a consideration of contemporary issues for Indigenous peoples of North America,” said Associate Professor John Low, Ph.D. “Water is not a native issue — it is a human issue. We are very excited about the opportunity to showcase Mr. Premo's work."

Water Warriors is a documentary exhibition and short film by award winning photojournalists, Andrew Stern and Premo. In rural New Brunswick, Canada, an indigenous community and non-native locals have dared to challenge one of today's most powerful forces: the wildly lucrative oil and gas boom sweeping North America. When a Texas energy company began searching for natural gas, these unlikely warriors united to try to drive out the company — and the Canadian police — in an ongoing campaign to protect their land and water. This is an intimate peek behind the scenes of what The Guardian has called “the frontline of a democratic fight.”

Premo lives in Brooklyn New York and is a producer and director of several documentary films including Water Warriors and More than a Roof.

This event is sponsored by the Ohio State Newark Cultural Arts and Events Committee, Office of Student Life, Native American and Indigenous Studies Organization, and the Program in American Indian Studies. It is free and open to the public.

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