WLA Debuting Latest Film in Santa Fe – January 25th

WLA is very pleased to be working with Taos, New Mexico film-maker Pablo Irlando-Wildman on our latest film: “Water is Life.”

Based in Taos, New Mexico and focused specifically on the Rio Fernando, this film begins up high in the Taos watershed and follows the water down from the mountains, into the Rio Fernando and ultimately through the acequia system that then distributes the water to farms and pastures throughout the community. The film then takes us on a journey through the community of farmers and ranchers who depend on the acequias for their livelihood, and helps viewers understand acequias as a system of governance that, when well-attended and maintained, helps ensure a healthy community, healthy lands and sufficient water for all – especially in times of drought.

Pablo’s sons Amadeo and Neftali, pictured above, star in this beautiful narrative, filmed locally in Taos. Pablo is putting the finishing touches on the film as I write this, and we can’t wait to screen it here in Santa Fe in just a few weeks.

WLA will be debuting this 8-minute film in Santa Fe on January 25th, as part “Stewardship with Vision: Where Land & Livelihood Meet,” an evening of short films and discussion on the next century of conservation in the West. We will be showing a total of eight short films, each lasting 8-12 minutes. With the exception of this Taos-based film that explores the acequia culture in northern New Mexico, our “Stewardship with Vision” films feature ranchers and other landowners throughout the West whose dedication to conservation has led to the restoration of streams, wetlands and wildlife habitat, including that of threatened and endangered species.

We hope you’ll join us at the Jean Cocteau Cinema on January 25th! You can RSVP here to ensure a seat in the theatre. If you have any questions about this event, email me at Virginie@westernlandowners.org.

We look forward to seeing you there!



Many thanks to the LOR Foundation for making this project possible.

LOR partners with rural communities to help them realize their vision for a better future by supporting and investing in local solutions that enhance quality of life. Learn more at lorfoundation.org


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