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California’s water heist topic of ‘Ding’ Darling film series

By Staff | Jan 24, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED “Water & Power: A California Heist”

The eighth annual “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series will continue its biweekly showings on Feb. 5 with “Water & Power: A California Heist” at 1 p.m. at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

The 87-minute National Geographic film explores the truth and corruption behind the California drought. It reveals how water barons have found ways to structure a state-engineered system to their own advantage and how small farmers and everyday citizens face a new, debilitating water crisis.

Corporate manipulation in the 1990s, illicit water transfers and the rise of luxury crops in California have led to the reality that water is the new oil, the film points out. As it becomes less accessible, it is rapidly growing more valuable.

The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge hosts the free showings in the Visitor & Education Center, with sponsorship from the Sanibel-Captiva Beach Resorts. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.

The season’s remaining schedule is as follows:

– Feb. 19: “BLUE”

– March 4: “Ghost Bird”

– March 18: “The Swamp”

– April 1: “Bird of Prey”

A short discussion will follow each film to allow visitors to gain more from their documentary-viewing experience by listening to other people’s points of view and analyzing what they just watched.

For more information, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lecture-and-film-series.