Sacred Land, Sacred Water: Confluences in the Rio Grande Valley

The full length documentary features the story of science and citizens working together to resist the oil and gas lobby’s efforts to pass a fracking-friendly ordinance in Sandoval County, New Mexico – threatening the sole drinking water aquifer for over 800,000 residents of the greater Albuquerque area from Cochiti Lake to Belen.

Inspired by the geologist and best selling author, Donald T. Phillips, this documentary includes interviews of concerned citizens, clips of public testimony, and a highly illustrated presentation of the subsurface geology of the Rio Grande Rift as well as of the techniques of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking.  Animated sequences demonstrate the dangers fracking poses to the one, continuous aquifer underlying the entire Albuquerque Basin which provides 85% of the drinking water to its nearly one million residents.

Illuminated throughout SACRED LAND, SACRED WATER are the confluences unique to the Rio Grande Valley.  In addition to emphasizing the confluence of our water with the unique subsurface geological formations, the film highlights our region’s enduring cultures – our Native American, Spanish, and European traditions, each contributing distinct influences in faith and spirit, architecture and the arts, song and dance, science and technology, and more to the beating heart of our Valley.  Critically integral to the conflux of water, geology and cultures is our thriving local food movement actively supporting the healthy confluence of the Earth and all living beings within the Rio Grande ecosystem.

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Sacred Land, Sacred Water: Confluences in the Rio Grande Valley