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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
A documentary produced by a valley filmmaker caught the eye of Californian columnist Lois Henry. Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Henry talked about Juan Carlos Oseguera's "The Fight for Water" film that will be screened at 1:50 p.m. Friday at the Fox Theater as part of Bakersfield's Out of the Box Film Festival.
"These people in the film are people who are as close as the bottom as they can get and they lost everything," Henry said.
The film is centered on a four-day farmworker march from Central California to the San Luis Reservoir that captured media attention in 2009, she said. Water restrictions cut federal water to farmers in Westlands by 90 percent that year.
According to Henry, Oseguera wanted to investigate the water problem after he saw hundreds of people lined up to get food, and that's when he began to film.
"He talks to workers and it helps you understand what water wars mean on a human scale," Henry said.
For more information on the film festival, visit www.bakersfieldfilmfestival.com.