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The Water Talks to Me


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by Nancy Cohen
color, 29 min, 1989




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The Water Talks to Me provides a close look at a traditional fishing community caught in the midst of change. Shot in the fishing port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and on vessels in the North Atlantic, this half-hour documentary explores the impact of declining fish populations on the lives of two offshore fishermen, a father and son. Fisheries' scientists and federal managers are included in the interviews. The result is a multi-layered analysis of family and economics, environmental issues and politics.

Narrated by Noah Adams of National Public Radio, The Water Talks to Me is well-suited for classroom use. The documentary's approach is simple and direct, making it accessible for a wide range of educational levels, from junior high through college.

“Incorporating some spectacular footage and the intimate feelings of those involved, this exceptional program personalizes the repercussions of scarcer fishing harvests on those whose livelihoods are directly at stake.” —BOOKLIST

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
National Educational Film & Video Festival, Silver Apple Award
American Film and Video Festival Finalist

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