The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker Struggle focuses on the cause and effect of an environmental decision that was put in place to protect an endangered fish species that in turn restricted water to the most poverty-stricken area of the California Central Valley. This caused dire consequences to the community.
The film goes on to interview farmers and farm workers who where affected by these water measures. Standing next to uncultivated and dried up fields, they go on to describe how federal water measures displaced them from their jobs because refuges that protect a threatened fish species (the Delta Smelt) received all of the water designated for them.
Because of that drastic measure, the state government had to declare the affected area a disaster. In additional, the state government was forced to provide food assistance through food banks to over two-hundred thousand people, many of whom were migrant workers... many of whom, because of their job skills, had no other means to survive.
Many lost their jobs, their homes, their businesses and some left the area. But some would not go without a fight; because to them, no water meant no work... and no work meant no food for their families.
In 2009, they united in in a march across the heart of the California Central Valley, to the San Luis Reservoir--a 50 mile walk--to demand that their water restriction be overturned and their water supply be turned back on, because to them, water is not only their means of survival, it is a chance of a better future.
This is their story, their struggle and how we, today, are all affected by it.