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THE LUCK OF WATER

(NDATU SAVI, LA SUERTE DEL AGUA)

The Luck of Water profiles two rivers and a sacred saltwater lagoon system in the indigenous Mixtec, mestizo, and Afro-descendant communities in the Oaxaca’s coastal region in Mexico. For indigenous Mixtec communities upstream, the fate of water is in the hands of gods and rain goddesses that dwell in caves and mountains. For mestizo farmers and population in urban centers, everything revolves around water scarcity and pollution. For Afro Mexican fishermen downstream, the crucial issue is the quantity of fish and the complex relationship between river runoff and ocean saltwater. The Fate of Water delves into this struggle and the threat that these communities face.

THE FILMMAKERS

Ignacio Decerega has been living and working in Mexico for over 20 years, with around 15 years dedicated to environmental issues, especially those related to environmental justice and water. His feature films have addressed themes of discrimination and racism, justice and human rights, and the regional scourge of illegal migration.

Cristóbal Jasso has been involved for over 10 years in various processes related to the care and defense of natural resources in the Costa Chica region of Oaxaca, Mexico. Whether as a collaborator of the community radio station Ñuu Kaan or as Director of Ecology of the Municipality of Pinotepa Nacional, he has supported the communities featured in "Ndatu Savi, the Fate of Water," such as Santa Maria Jicaltepec, Pinotepa Nacional, Collantes, Corralero, and Paso de la Reyna. For over 10 years, he has lived in Santa Maria Jicaltepec with his wife and children, both born there.

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

Special Award for Community Films - FICWALLMAPU The Int’l Films & Indigenous Arts Festival, Chile
Political Film International Film Festival, Argentina
DOCA International Documentary Film Festival, Argentina
MUNIC National Scientific Images Exhibition – National Autonomous University of Mexico Film Library
Durban International Film Festival, South Africa
Official Selection – National Day of Mexican Cinema Film Program
FICIP Political Film International Film Festival, Argentina
Oaxaca’s Indigenous Guelaguetza Film Festival, Mexico
Suncine Environmental Film Festival, Spain
Oaxaca Exhibition of Mixtec Film, Mexico
Latin American Studies Association International Film Festival, Colombia

THE LUCK OF WATER (NDATU SAVI, LA SUERTE DEL AGUA)

Catalog # EPF16062 ● ISBN: 978-1-963201-02-4 ● UPC: 6-82086-16062-7 ● NTSC

64 Minutes ● Copyright 2023 ● Spanish, Mixtec, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles