For over two years, journalist Steve Fisher has been investigating the pollution of the Santiago River and its effects on the people of El Salto, Mexico. As a Fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program, Steve has spent the past year scouring official records and conducting interviews with experts and El Salto residents. His report, entititled River of Death, investigates the companies who swarmed to the Santiago River's banks after the North American Free Trade Agreement passed in 1994 and how they've polluted with impunity ever since. This story was reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, which awarded Steve Fisher an I.F. Stone Award. The report was also supported by the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley.
On March 18, we had the great honor of presenting Silent River at National Geographic as part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, where we won the 2015 Eric Moe Sustainability Award. From National Geographic: "Catch some of the year’s must-see environmental films and meet two award-winning filmmakers as the Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award returns to our stage. Now in its second year, this prestigious international award competition recognizes short films that explore innovative solutions to balancing the needs of humans and nature. See the winner, Silent River, and two other films created to change how we think about our planet."
Friends! We're proud to announce that SSilent River won the award for Best Student Filmmaker at the renowned Wild and Scenic Film Festival! It has also been selected to be part of the festival's 140-city film tour this year.
Silent River was awarded the 2014 Green Planet Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Silent River was recently reviewed in El Proceso, a national publication in Mexico. Writer Jorge Covarrubias critiques the film and also broke the news, on a national level, that the Enciso family has been under threat.
We're thrilled to announce that Silent River has been accepted to the Oscar-qualifying, Rhode Island Film Festival! If you're in the New England area, check back in the next few weeks for the screening location and time. Hope to see you there!
"Though the new documentary by Steve Fisher and Jason Jaacks investigates the effect of NAFTA on the Santiago River in Mexico, the film “Silent River” really investigates a monster." Read Josh Escobar's review of the Silent River screening at the Graduate School of Journalism at U.C. Berkeley.
Silent River is all set to premiere at the Graduate School of Journalism at U.C. Berkeley. The screening is presented by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Graduate School of Journalism. The film will be followed by a discussion with Harley Shaiken, the Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies and testified before Congress before the passing of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994. The discussion will be hosted by Cynthia Gorney, a professor at the Graduate School of Journalism and the former South American bureau chief for The Washington Post.