Thu, April 18, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Arlene Francis Center presents the documentary film “The Longest Straw”, followed by a panel with local water experts David Keller and Brock Dolman and a Q&A with the director of the film, Samantha Bode.
Trailer for the film:
In the feature-length documentary The Longest Straw, Samantha Bode (director) spends 65 days backpacking the 338 mile path of the Los Angeles Aqueducts and Mono Extension during one of the worst droughts in California history. As she walks, she speaks with community leaders and residents of Los Angeles and those who live along the aqueduct to gain a deeper understanding of how water importation affects ecologies, economies, and societies where the water is being drawn from.
With Samantha’s inquisitive perspective as a window into this controversial topic, we learn much about the experience of diverse groups such as the Paiute-Shoshone people, cattle ranchers, ecologists, hikers, residents, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art, and Politics
99 W. Sixth Street