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Dr. Diana Fox, right, with camera operator, Swati Guild
Anthropology Professor Diana Fox has long studied and written on environmental and gender issues in Trinidad. Soon, her work will be featured in a film that will share the story of a remarkable woman who made a difference in her community and beyond.
The film, Water Woman: Community and Sustainability in Trinidad, tells the inspiring story of how Trinidad’s Akilah Jaramogi and her family restored a forest ecosystem bringing clean water to their village. Making a film about this woman and her work will not only share an inspiring story, it will shine a light on an important issue, Dr. Fox said.
“There’s a big push in anthropology and in academia in general to move outside the academy and to increase our role as public intellectuals and gain a larger audience to share our insights and have a greater impact,” she said. “I thought a film could do that. Plus it is a great teaching tool.”
A segment of the film has been produced as a trailer, thanks to a CARS grant, to help raise the funds necessary to complete it. It will be screened at two upcoming events. On Monday, March 4, in the Campus Center ballroom, where Dr. Fox will talk about her work, the film and how people can get involved in issues surrounding sustainability in Trinidad and elsewhere.
On Friday, March 22, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. a screening of the trailer and fundraising event will be held at the First Parish Unitarian Church, located in Bridgewater at 50 School St. on the edge of campus.
According to the film’s Web site, Water Woman tells how three decades ago Ms. Jaramogi settled on a barren, deforested hillside, blighted with floods in the rainy season and fires in the dry season. Together with her late husband, Tecumah, she started a family and reforested over 150 acres, restoring health to the hills and the watershed just outside the capital city of Port-of-Spain. When her husband died, Ms. Jaramogi continued this work, initiating the Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project, training community members as stewards of the forests and waters. Today Fondes Amandes is a thriving village atop a flourishing forest of 150 acres where residents have planted thousands of seedlings over the past thirty years.
“People are often overwhelmed to the point of apathy,” Dr. Fox said. “This is a great example of how a small village can bring about important change, not only in their own community but beyond.”
The film’s crew and producers includes alumna Lydia (St. Thomas) Landim, Sarah Feinbloom and Swati Guild.
View the trailer to Water Women here