Water Warriors is a documentary movie of a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry.
When an energy company begins searching for natural gas in New Brunswick, Canada, indigenous and white families unite to drive out the company in a campaign to protect their water and way of life.
New Brunswick is known for its forestry, farming and fishing industries, which are both commercial and small-scale subsistence operations that rural communities depend on.
The 22-minute short film, Water Warriors, shows how the group of warriors came together to set a series of road blockades, preventing exploration by the Texas-based SWN Resources.
After months of resistance, their efforts not only halted drilling; they elected a new government and won an indefinite moratorium on fracking in the province.
In addition to the short film, a multimedia exhibition accompanies Water Warriors. Film production company Storyline has collaborated with Working Films to showcase Water Warriors in target states and communities, as a way to offer a model for grassroots organising and resistance against destructive extractive industries. The goals are to support the growing movement for the transition to an equitable, low-carbon economy and cultivate creative strategies for locally appropriate models of resistance.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea