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The Story

When an energy company begins searching for natural gas in New Brunswick, Canada, indigenous and white families unite to drive out the company in a campaign to protect their water and way of life.

Texas-based SWN Resources arrived in New Brunswick, Canada to explore for natural gas. The region is known for its forestry, farming and fishing industries, which are both commercial and small-scale subsistence operations that rural communities depend on. In response, a multicultural group of unlikely warriors–including members of the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and white, English-speaking families–set up a series of road blockades, preventing exploration. After months of resistance, their efforts not only halted drilling; they elected a new government and won an indefinite moratorium on fracking in the province.

Read Filmmaker Magazine's Q&A with director Michael Premo.

Water Warriors is the story of a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry.

 


The fight to stop fracking is a story of resistance powered by love—for the water, for our communities and generations to come, for the better world that we’re working so hard to build. In just 22 short, thundering minutes, Water Warriors will leave you immersed in that story, seeing anew all that surrounds you.
— Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough & This Changes Everything
 
 
 
 
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Host a Screening

The 22-minute short film is the perfect length to kick off a community discussion, training, or event. The film is currently available for community and educational screenings by purchasing through New Day Films or by streaming through Kanopy, an on-demand streaming video service for public libraries and educational institutions that provides library patrons, students and faculty access to a large collection of films. Please contact us with any questions you have.

Water Warriors invites audiences to contemplate and reimagine their own possibilities for resistance. 


Bring the Filmmaker or A WATER WARRIOR

Filmmaker Michael Premo is an experienced facilitator and organizer who has spoken at conferences and events around the world. Other members of the team and activists are also available to participate in your screening. 


Package 1

DVD + Screening Guide

  • A DVD or streaming license for Water Warriors, with public performance rights.
  • 32-page screening guide + bonus package with event materials.

Package 2

DVD + Screening Guide + Skype Q&A/Panel

  • A DVD or streaming license for Water Warriors, with public performance rights.
  • 32-page screening guide + bonus package with event materials.
  • Film screening plus Skype Q&A/panel discussion with the filmmaker or someone featured in the film. Contact us to inquire. 

Package 3

DVD + Screening Guide + In-Person Q&A/Panel

  • A DVD or streaming license for Water Warriors, with public performance rights.
  • 32-page screening guide + bonus package with event materials.
  • Film screening plus in-person Q&A/panel discussion with the filmmaker or someone featured in the film. Contact us to inquire. 

Package 4

DVD + Screening Guide + In-Person Q&A/Panel + Pop-Up Exhibit

  • A DVD or streaming license for Water Warriors, with public performance rights.
  • 32-page screening guide + bonus package with event materials.
  • Film screening plus in-person Q&A/panel discussion with the filmmaker. Contact us to inquire. 
  • Water Warriors pop-up exhibit of large-scale fabric photograph prints. Includes complete install & de-install. Contact us to inquire. 

Water Warriors is an inspiring story told with care and authenticity. The film will be a beacon of hope for other communities who are fighting across the globe.
— Jess Swigonski, Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, CA
 
 
 
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Water Warriors grabbed my heart. It really captured the energy and momentum of the fight and left me with a sense of excitement, wanting to do more.
— Layel Camargo, Culture Strike
 
 
 
 

Book Exhibition

The scalable Water Warriors exhibition combines photographs, large scale video projections, an audio soundscape, and the short film.

The exhibition has two versions: a full scale gallery show and a pop-up version. Both are adaptable to a range of spaces. 

POP-UP SHOW

  • 7 photos printed on fabric; sized 72" x 48" each
  • Fabric prints are hung on photo backdrop stands.
  • Short Film.

FULL SCALE SHOW

  • Running length: minimum 96 running ft. 
  • 36 mounted photographs; sizes: 12” x 18”,  16” x 24”, 30” x 40”
  • 3 floor-to-ceiling projections. (Can accommodate space considerations.)
  • 1 immersive audio soundscape.
  • Short film.

For more information about booking the exhibition contact us


Water Warriors captures the connection and the essence of the struggle with both stunning visuals and accounts by key players in recent history.
— Angela Giles, Atlantic Regional Organizer, The Council of Canadians

Awards

Eric Moe Award for Best Short on Sustainability, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

Best Short Documentary, Blackstar Film Festival

Best Documentary, Austin Under-the-Stars

Environmental Activism Award, Adventure Film Festival

Juried Award for Documentary Short, Indigo Moon Film Festival

Best in Theme, Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Short Film, One Nation Film Festival

Jury Selection for Best Documentary Short Film, One Nation Film Festival