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Movie Screening & Discussion in Merced: Beyond the Brink


Beyond the Brink: A film and discussion about California water and food security

UC Merced, Arts & Computational Sciences Building, Room 120

Beyond the Brink: Movie Screening & Discussion on California Water and Food Security

September 11, 2019 at UC Merced, Room ACS 120 (the new auditorium in the Arts & Computational Sciences Building; map here:
Doors open 6:00 pm. Movie starts 6:30 pm.
Free and open to the public! Free food too!
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Join us at UC Merced on Wednesday, September 11 for a movie and discussion about California water and global food security! We will be showing the feature-length film "Beyond the Brink" and holding a discussion with water, soil, and agriculture experts after the film!


The movie "Beyond the Brink" was produced during the worst drought in California's recorded history. The film focuses on the water-and-food nexus in California's San Joaquin Valley, an agricultural region growing food that is consumed by people across the world. The film explores issues surrounding the connectivity of upstream water sources and downstream water users, California's current water and agricultural infrastructure, and the impacts of water shortages on food security, local economies, and global societies. Filmmaker Jim Thebaut will be at this event! Watch the film trailer here:



1) UC Merced School of Natural Sciences Professor Asmeret Asefaw Berhe
Dr. Berhe is a soil scientist and recent TED Talker. See her wonderful TED Talk about soil here:

2) UC Merced School of Engineering Professor Martha Conklin
Dr. Conklin is a hydrologist featured in the film "Beyond the Brink", as well as in other videos on UCTV Sustainable Calfornia:

3) Bowles Farming Company, Inc. President/CEO Cannon Michael
Mr. Michael is a 6th-generation family farmer from Los Banos and Fresno featured in "Beyond the Brink", and an advocate for environmental stewardship, ethical treatment of workers and sustainable production

4) UC Merced Sierra Nevada Research Institute Executive Director, California Water Commission Chair, Armando Quintero
Mr. Quintero will moderate discussion. His career experience spans a wide array of fields including water policy, resource management, environmental education, and environmental science.


SPONSORS AND SUPPORT: This movie and discussion night is sponsored by the NSF-funded Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory and a Let's Talk About Water award from the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI), with support from the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at the University of California, Merced.

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