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Troubled Water- When gold mines threaten the fragile water resources of farming communities in Peru, Honduras and El Salvador, native people who live off the land try to stop the multinational mining corporations from the destructive exploitation of their natural resources. Braving bullying, death threats, even murder, these grassroots activists wage a pitched battle not just for environmental justice but also for their very survival.
The feature documentary Troubled Water weaves together a trio of stories of true heroism, each with the potential to inspire other ordinary citizens across the world. Máxima Acuña refuses to sell her farm to a mining operation, protecting the sacred lake on her land atop a 12,500' mountain in Peru; Salvadoran farmer Francisco Piñeda pulls the curtain back on a cyanide-water poisoning mine, and despite the murders of four of his fellow activists, prevails in getting his government to ban all metallic mining; and in Honduras, indigenous leader Berta Cáceres gives her life protecting her people’s sacred river from a Chinese dam and a Honduran gold mining corporation. Now Berta’s three daughters carry on her work.
Will Parrinello, (Producer/Director) has created more than 100 films on environmentalism, including Sea Change and Unfair Game. His multiple Emmy award winning series, The New Environmentalists, narrated by Robert Redford, is broadcast nationally on PBS and has screened at more than 95 international film festivals. His other producing/directing credits include Mustang - Journey of Transformation, Emile Norman – By His Own Design, Kerouac, Little Italy, Dreaming of Tibet and A New World. In 2017 he directed/produced the documentary short, Movies Around the World, for the Oscars broadcast. More than 250 million people in 85 countries saw the film. He was director of photography on the Academy Award nominated feature documentary Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press, was DP/editor for In the Light of Reverence, Sumo Basho, A Yen For Baseball, A Literary Friendship and numerous other films.
Rick Tejada-Flores (Producer) has dozens of award winning films to his credit, including Rivera In America and Jasper Johns, Ideas In Paint, both of which aired on the PBS series American Masters. He is also the producer and director of The Fight in The Fields - Cesar Chavez and The Farmworkers Struggle; Low 'N Slow - The Art of Lowriding; Race is The Place; the PBS series The Great Depression; and most recently My Bolivia - Remembering What I Never Knew, an intimate investigation into his family’s Bolivian roots.
Vicente Franco (Director of Photography/Associate Producer) is an award winning, Oscar nominated documentary cinematographer. His many DP credits include the Academy Award nominated films The Most Dangerous Man in America – Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, Freedom on My Mind, The Barber of Birmingham, and Daughter from Danang which also won the Sundance Film Festival 2002 Grand Jury Prize. Born in Madrid, Vicente is fluent in Spanish and has filmed extensively throughout Latin America.
Stephen Talbot (Senior Producer/ Senior Writer) has produced and written more than 40 documentaries for public television including KQED’s Broken Arrow: Can a Nuclear Weapons Accident Happen Here? and The Gospel and Guatemala. He has won nearly every major award in broadcast journalism including Emmy's, Peabody’s, DuPont’s, a George Polk and an Overseas Press Club of America Edward R. Murrow award. He produced 10 films for PBS FRONTLINE, including The Best Campaign Money Can Buy, Justice for Sale, Spying on Saddam. He went on to create the PBS series Frontline World for which he served as series editor.
Sarah Kass (Writer) has written extensively on human rights and environmental issues, including 45 short films on civil liberties, migrant workers, and aboriginal peoples rights for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. She has worked with Will Parrinello on several projects including The New Environmentalists and Mustang - Journey of Transformation. Her shows have aired on PBS, Discovery Channel, and The History Channel including US Constellation: Battling for Freedom about the African slave trade and Discovery’s natural history series North America.
Helen Garrett (Community Outreach, Impact, Artist Activism & Engagement) has a long history working on human rights and media projects, primarily for Amnesty International USA, where in 1999 she helped launch a joint initiative with Sierra Club to defend environmental activists threatened by governments and corporate interests. Over the years Helen has developed campaigns to support the release of political prisoners, abolition of the death penalty, ending torture, and helping to secure the world’s first major arms trade treaty. She currently works as a consultant to nonprofits and others on branding, creative projects, and artist activism.