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The Santiago River, River of Death

The Santiago River, known locally as "the River of Death," flows along the outskirts of Guadalajara, Mexico. For forty years, waste from one of Mexico’s largest manufacturing corridors has been dumped into the Santiago. 80% of the companies in the corridor – brands like IBM, HP, Coca-Cola, Levi’s, Honda and Nestlé – are American and Japanese. The river has been transformed into a sewer with over 1000 known chemicals, including dangerously high levels of arsenic, chrome, and lead. Silent River follows a young woman and her family as they defy death threats to try and save the one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico.


Steve Fisher Bio | Co-Director, Producer
Steve Fisher is an investigative journalist with a focus on cross-border, U.S.-Mexico stories. He has written for National Geographic, the ABC News/Univision network, Fusion, and New America Media. He is currently working at the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism

Jason Jaacks Bio | Co-Director, Editor
Jason Jaacks is a filmmaker and photographer focused on social and environmental issues. He's crossed the border into Mexico with traditional leaders of the Tohono O'odham tribe, led a source-to-sea expedition down the Elwha River, and searched Mayan archeological sites for carnivorous bats. Jason has produced video for National Geographic, The New York Times, PBS, and Fusion, among others. His photography has been published in High Country News, Bay Nature, Condé Nast Traveller, and Fly Fish Journal and he's collaborated on campaigns for companies like Hagen Dazs, Purina, and Single Thread Farms. Jason is a National Geographic Explorer and holds a Master of Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island.


2014 Rhode Island International Film Festival, Green Planet Award
2014 Pictoclik Film Festival, Audience Award
2014 Pictoclik Film Festival, Emerging Filmmaker Award
2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Best Student Filmmaker Award
2015 International Environmental Film Festival, Official Selection
2015 Social Impact Media Awards, Documentary Short Finalist
2015 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, Eric Moe Sustainability Award
2015 One World Media Awards, Television Award
2015 San Francisco Green Film Festival, Official Selection2015 Pelicam Film Festival, Best Short Film Award
2015 COP21, Environmental Film Screenings, Official Selection


Catalog # EPF16006 ● ISBN: 978-1-930545-88-5 ● NTSC

26 Minutes ● Copyright 2014 ● Spanish, English Subtitles