Documentary Film ScreeningThirst for Justice

Seen through the eyes of two American communities, this is the story of widespread water contamination, the ensuing breach of public trust that has inspired connection and action, protecting our water for the future.

Friday, June 8 from 4–6 PM at the Michigan Theater

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Join filmmaker Leana Hosea for a screening of the director’s cut of her new documentary on water justice. An expert panel on water issues will follow, offering you the chance to ask questions and give feedback to shape a film in progress. This event is presented in conjunction with the Cinetopia Film Festival.

I felt compelled to tie these stories together to reveal the corporate hijacking of our water… Protecting clean water as a commons is simultaneously a defense of democracy.

As an international BBC producer and reporter of 12 years, Leana Hosea is an experienced multimedia journalist. She has a track record of finding strong stories and securing access to great characters. As a recent Knight Wallace Fellow, Leana researched the topic of water and environmental justice. Leana is now the inaugural Media Fellow at the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, teaching Media and Environmental Justice and working on her film ‘Thirst for Justice.’

“I’ve covered a lot of incredible stories. The Arab Spring from day one in Tahrir Square, the war in Gaza, crisis in Yemen and terror attack in Brussels. But I have never seen anything like what I found when I visited the Navajo Nation. I found communities living amid piles of radioactive waste, drinking uranium-contaminated water. This story has touched me like no other. Then in one of the most water rich places in the world, the town of Flint has been poisoned by the water. Just like on the Navajo reservation, the authorities knew and did not act to protect people. I felt compelled to tie these stories together to reveal the corporate hijacking of our water, facilitated by the creation of corporate governments. This is why protecting clean water as a commons is simultaneously a defense of democracy.”

Friday, June 8 from 4–6 PM at the Michigan Theater

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