"The Great Divide" featured in Salida Oct. 27 — free movie showing at the SteamPlant Theater
Residents of the Upper Arkansas River Valley have a close relationship with water but there is still much to gain from viewing The Great Divide, a feature-length documentary film about the influence of water in connecting and dividing Colorado and the West.
The Great Divide, a film by Emmy award-winning Havey Productions, attempts to make the complicated ways water is stored, moved and shared — not only in Colorado but across much of the nation — easier to grasp for the average user. It engages citizens instead of limiting the discussion to policy makers and those with control over our water.
A free public showing of The Great Divide is scheduled in Salida at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the SteamPlant Theater. The showing is free, with a suggested donation of $5.
The Great Divide is brought to the Salida by the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas, which chose to promote the film because water resources in the region are intricately important to their conservation work, Executive Director Andrew Mackie said.
"When water rights are taken off the land, the impacts are far-reaching in many ways," Mackie said. "Water is important for our agriculture, wildlife and recreation. When a green hay field is dried up and the water sent elsewhere, we lose a part of our heritage and a precious resource."
Denver-based Havey productions has done historical documentaries on the Denver Union Station and the life of famous Leadville resident Molly Brown. Their films are educational in nature, rather than politically charged or controversial. The Great Divide attempts to inspire personal responsibility and informed discussion about water resources, taking the position that we need to replace conflict with cooperation.
“In a time of mounting demand and limited supply, the need for all citizens to better understand and participate in decisions affecting this critical resource is paramount,” film producers say. For more information on the film, or to see the trailer, visit www.thegreatdividefilm.com.