Carole Lester from the Fresno County Historical Society talked with KSEE Sunrise about the documentary A Land Between Rivers. You can buy the DVD for that special someone for Christmas.
From the Historical Society website:
This documentary film explores the remarkable story of California's Central Valley. Using aerials, archival stills, rare footage, and visuals shot in high-definition video it tells a story of transformation – from pre-settlement to the Gold Rush to post-war prosperity – where the nexus of land, water, and people seeking a better future have created the most productive agricultural region on earth.
But not without human and environmental sacrifice. The film looks at issues of concern in times past, which remain relevant as central California faces the future.
The DVD makes a great gift for anyone on your shopping list! Gifts for colleagues and clients, teachers and party hosts, friends and family! Available at the customer service departments of Whole Foods and Gottschalks, Manchester Center, online at www.alandbetweenrivers.org or by calling the Fresno Historical Society at 559.441.0862. $19.95.
Also available: Fresno County - 150 Years Magazine, a beautiful 168-page full-color publication featuring articles and historical images highlighting the rich history of Fresno County over the past 150 years. This is a special edition magazine published by the Fresno Bee in celebration of Fresno County's Sesquicentennial.
Buy the DVD and Magazine together for $25.00! Gottschalks will donate 100% of the sales proceeds to the Fresno Historical Society.
A Land Between Rivers is a one-hour documentary sponsored by the Fresno Historical Society and underwritten by Table Mountain Rancheria, that tells the story of central California between the San Joaquin and Kings Rivers.
A Land Between Rivers demonstrates how the land shapes people, who in turn shape the land. From the Sierra Nevada Mountains that give the region its gold, timber and water, to the fertile soil built over centuries in the San Joaquin Valley, to the western coastal range that helps control the climate, the region’s unique geologic conditions have combined with human ingenuity and hard work to create an agricultural paradise.
This is a region with a unique diversity of populations, languages and cultures that has increased during the last 150 years since the founding of Fresno County. Among the stories the documentary touches on are those of the Yokuts, Chinese, Armenians, Japanese, Mexicans, Dust Bowl migrants, and several generations of farmers and ranchers. A Land Between Rivers looks at the vision of those who built their lives here to fulfill their dreams, at the conflict between different groups and interests, and at the complementary development of diverse populations as they make the region what it is today.
A Land Between Rivers was made by an award winning filmmaker, narrated by Rita Moreno and has been nominated for best film in documentary, history and environmental categories at various film festivals. It is the recipient of a CINE Golden Eagle. Now being shown on PBS around the country.
Click on A Land Between Rivers for information on the video.