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DelVal to host a community screening of ‘Oil and Water’

DelVal will be showing "Oil and Water" Monday, March 2.

Feb 27, 2015

Delaware Valley College is hosting a screening of “Oil and Water,” a documentary that shares the story of two boys coming of age while looking for solutions to problems caused by reckless oil drilling. The screening and discussion will be held on Monday, March 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in room 212 of Feldman Hall on DelVal’s main campus in Doylestown. There is no cost to attend.

The film “Oil and Water” is described by its producers as the true story of two boys coming of age as they each confront one of the world’s worst toxic disasters. The film follows Hugo and David, who were born on opposite ends of the oil pipeline. Hugo comes to America to fight for the survival of his Cofan tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon, while David goes to Ecuador to launch the world’s first company to certify oil as fair trade. Their journeys lead them to explore what could be a more just future, not just for the Cofan, but for all people around the world born with oil beneath their feet.

Dr. Tanya Casas, an associate professor of sociology and academic co-director of Graduate Policy Studies, will host a Q & A after the film. Dr. Casas has followed community struggles and movements in the Ecuadorian Amazon and the region that resist extractivist policies and demand territorial and social rights for more than fifteen years.

The screening is part of DelVal's Precarious Alliance Film Series. The series will be showing several films leading up to the Precarious Alliance symposium "Land and the American Dream" that tie into the theme of the October 2015 symposium.