OLWQS to screen award-winning ‘A River Film’ with ONA speaker this Saturday

OLWQS to screen award-winning ‘A River Film’ with ONA speaker this Saturday

Director Jiri Bakala films a scene of raging water for ‘A River Film’. The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society is showing the film this Saturday. (Contributed photo)

By Richard McGuire

Special to the Chronicle

For those who missed it the first time around, the Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society (OLWQS) this Saturday is screening the award-winning “A River Film,” which tells the story of water in the Okanagan.

The 38-minute film will be shown at the Watermark Beach Resort on Saturday, March 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. A speaker and discussion will follow it. Admission is by donation and there’s a cash bar.

The film by Jiri and Lucie Bakala of Kelowna-based Ascent Films uses interviews and stunning cinematography to show how those managing the water on the Okanagan/Okanogan River need to balance the competing interests of water users on both sides of the border.

“Okanogan” is the name of the Okanagan River on the U.S. side of the border.

OLWQS President Birgit Arnstein said the speaker will be Nick Yaniw, a fisheries technician and biologist with the Okanagan Nation Alliance.

He has previously worked for BC Parks as a ranger in Manning Provincial Park and the Thompson Grasslands Area.

Yaniw works with fisheries stock assessment and participates in various projects throughout the Okanagan and elsewhere in the traditional Sylix territory.

The film was released in October in screenings at the Sonora Community Centre and the Oliver Theatre.

It talks about five sometimes-competing interests – flood control, agricultural irrigation, fisheries, First Nations and recreation.

In January, it won an Award of Excellence at the Impact DOCS Awards Competition, in which documentaries from 30 countries competed.

The film includes an interview with Osoyoos Mayor Sue McKortoff and local filmmaker Kenton Gilchrist did its music.

“I’ve heard from many people in town that they wondered if they could see it and so we expect to have a fairly good turnout,” said Arnstein, noting that the previous screenings were filled to capacity.


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