A documentary about the 2009 irrigation cutbacks in parts of the San Joaquin Valley will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at the State Theatre in Modesto.
"The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker Struggle" describes the impact on farmers and workers in West Side areas that faced severe water reductions because of drought and fish protections.
Juan Carlos Oseguera of Newman, the son of migrant workers, made the 77-minute film. "I got interested in the water situation," he told the Los Banos Enterprise in August. "People were telling me their situation, so I wanted to expand from that. I wanted to learn how this was affecting them."
The film recounts a four-day, 50-mile march from Mendota to San Luis Reservoir to draw attention to the cutbacks.
It features comedian and actor Paul Rodriguez, chairman of the California Latino Water Coalition. It has footage of former Gov. Schwarzenegger meeting with workers at San Luis.
The film was shown at Film Fest Twain Harte and the ITSA Film Festival in Sonora this year.
The Modesto screening will be followed by a panel discussion with several of the film's participants.
The screening is sponsored by the California Farm Water Coalition, the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, the California Poultry Federation and Mape's Ranch.
Admission is $6. The theater is at 1307 J St.
On the Net: www.thefightforwaterfilm.com or www.facebook.com/thefightforwaterfilm.