UM-Dearborn to host local premiere of acclaimed documentary that focuses on Highland Park and residents' efforts to fight plans to privatize the water system

March 25, 2008

DEARBORN / March 25, 2008---The University of Michigan-Dearborn will host the local premiere of the critically-acclaimed new documentary The Water Front at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 in Room 1500 of the campusís Social Science Building.

The film, which is free and open to the public, focuses on the city of Highland Park and the efforts of its residents to fight plans to privatize the water system.

Filmmaker Liz Miller of Concordia University in Montreal will be on hand, along with local community and environmental activists, to discuss the film after the screening from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Detroit blues artist Joe L. Carter, who composed original music for the filmís soundtrack, also will be on hand for the screening.

The movie has been shown at film festivals across the U.S. and Europe, including the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. and the Human Rights Film Festival in Paris. To date, the film has received the Ramsar Medwet Award at Ecofilms in Greece and the Environmental Award, Media that Matters.

UM-Dearbornís Urban and Regional Studies Program, Environmental Studies Program and Women's and Gender Studies Program are sponsoring the event.

For more information about the event, contact economics Prof. Bruce Pietrykowski, director of urban and regional studies, at 313-593-5096 or visit the filmís Web site at www.thewaterfrontmovie.com.

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