On Saturday, March 17, the film “Leche y Miel” (Milk and Honey) will be shown at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, the largest green film festival in the world and the longest-running in the United States. The film, produced in partnership with American Rivers, provides a short, beautiful glimpse into Yuma, Arizona’s Latino community and their financial, spiritual, historical and cultural connection to the strained Colorado River.
“The Lower Colorado River is an integral part of our heritage and way of life. From serving as the backbone for the agricultural industry to providing a cultural focal point for faith communities, the Lower Colorado River is essential to the livelihood of the Southwest,” said Maite Arce, president and CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation. “We’re excited to share this film with the D.C. community and showcase how we’re all – even those not in the west – connected to the Colorado River.”
Yuma is often thought of as a hot, dry desert town in southwestern Arizona, but for the area residents - and the United States as a whole, it is the land of plenty. During the winter months, nearly all the leafy vegetables Americans eat are grown in the fertile fields, which lie at the literal end of the Colorado River. Unfortunately, in 2017 American Rivers named the Lower Colorado River the country’s most endangered river.
“Milk and Honey shows the impact the Colorado River has on our communities and underscores how this river truly is the backbone of the west,” said Maite Arce, president and CEO of HAF. “Through the eyes of farm workers, faith leaders and historians, we gain a better understanding of why we all need to step up to protect the Colorado River for future generations.”
The 14-minute film has been screened at various festivals, such as the Wild and Scenic Film Festival and the Americas Latino Eco Festival, and at numerous community events throughout the west. The film will be shown as part of the Shorts Programs 2 on Saturday, March 17 during the 12 pm – 2pm session at E Street Cinema (555 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004). Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.