World Water Day Tribute

SWITCH-OFF (APAGA Y VAMONOS) (Chile, 2005, 87 min.)

A tale about a usurped nation, a forgotten genocide, globalization and a river, this film centers around the Biobio, one of the longest rivers in Chile, which flows from the Andes to the Pacific. In 1997, the Spanish hydroelectric company ENDESA decided to build a dam on the Biobio River to form the RALCO hydroelectric power station. From the beginning, the original inhabitants, the indigenous Pehuenche-Mapuche people, made their opposition clear, seeking protection under indigenous law. When the flooding of the Ralco Valley started, 70 indigenous families were displaced and “invited to live in the high mountains” at 2,000 meters. Mapuche spokespeople who have denounced the situation of their brothers have been persecuted and convicted by Chilean courts. Winner, Best Film, Ecocinema, Athens, 2005; Winner, Best Film, Planet in Focus, 2005.

Shown as part of the day-long World Water Day Tribute. Welcome by Peter O’Brien, Managing Director, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. Opening remarks by Guest Curator Linda Lilienfeld, followed by: AGUAS CON EL AGUA; UMBRELLA; WATER FIRST; TIROL – LAND OF WATER; THE STAVE WEIR IN LUCERNE; RIVERGLASS; VILLAGE OF DUST, CITY OF WATER; and SWITCH-OFF. The World Water Day Tribute will continue with a panel discussion entitled Global Water Challenges, and the film finale FLOW: FOR THE LOVE OF WATER.

At EFF’s Tribute to World Water Day, Island Press will have books for sale from its list of titles on freshwater and ocean conservation. For more information, please visit www.islandpress.org.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE. No reservations needed.

Carnegie Institution of Washington, Elihu Root Auditorium

1530 P St., NW

(METRO: Dupont Circle, Q St. exit)

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