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Empty Bottle Pictures Presents:

Land and Water Revisited

Friday, September 18th | 7pm


This is a FREE General Admission event. To register for this event follow the link bellow:

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Land and Water Revisited is a story about the relationship between humans and their environment as told by the people of the Teotihuacán Valley of México.

In 1961, Penn State archaeologist and Evan Pugh Professor William T. Sanders traveled to México’s Teotihuacán Valley to film the documentary, Land and Water. Sanders managed to capture an invaluable snapshot of land-use practices in the area just prior to the urban expansion of México City – one of the most explosive in human history. Cultural conservation was not the intention of the original film, but it is a sobering reminder of how quickly traditional landscapes and cultural adaptations vanish when sustainability is ignored.

In the spring of 2018, the original film was remastered and translated/narrated in Spanish — an important step since the people of the Teotihuacán Valley had never seen the film. By setting up public viewings in communities throughout the valley, the crew was able to connect with many residents and interview them about the changes that have taken place over the last 60 years. Amazingly, a few family members of the participants in the 1962 film were present at the screenings. These were often emotionally powerful moments. The new film also includes interviews with scholars that are researching the role humans have played in altering the environment, both past and present.

The one-hour film will be introduced by the Director, Kirk French. Following the film there will be 30-45 minutes of Q&A with the film crew as well as some special guests from the Teotihuacan Valley.

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