March 18, 2008

Grand Canyon Adventure

My husband's sister and family are in town visiting this week and this evening we all went to see the new IMAX movie, Grand Canyon Adventure. It was a free movie premiere with limited seating so we went early and waited in line with about 400 other people. The presentation was in 3D, something I hadn't experienced in quite a while, and was very well done. The movie, with a environmentally-left agenda, was beautifully filmed and interesting to watch. I don't know if I would pay the $8 ticket price to get in to listen to Robert Redford narrate and tell movie goers that our wasteful water consumption in the Southwest is actually hurting people in Africa (yes, this was the message) and that we need to "keep river water in the river." There were many places in the movie where we all (everyone in the theater) quirked our heads and shared the same sort of "huh?" look on our faces. Maybe it is just that folks here in Arizona are not that globally aware or maybe it is that WE ARE water conscious because we happen to live in a dry and arid climate! The movie was fun to watch, especially the river rafting scenes, but I don't think I would recommend it to anyone unless they went in and were ready for the heavy-handed message of the film producers.

Here is the blurb from the website:

Set against the immense backdrop of the majestic Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon Adventure will take IMAX Theatre audiences on an exhilarating river-rafting adventure down the Colorado River in the company of a team of explorers who are committed to bringing awareness to global water issues. One of the world’s mightiest rivers, the Colorado no longer reaches the sea. Every drop of river water is allocated to agriculture and populations along the way, many of whom don’t even realize their connection to the river. No water remains for the river’s end -- the Colorado Delta -- once a thriving estuary that supported the most diverse biosphere in North America. How do we balance our needs with nature’s? How do we provide enough freshwater for everyone who needs it, not only along the Colorado River, but everywhere on our planet?

Ps. We didn't know this is what the film was about when we got the notice to go and see it. We thought it was about the Grand Canyon, not about the demands for water, the damming up of the river (the evil Glen Canyon and Hoover Dams) nor the misuse of farmers who steal water to grow food to feed our nation. The movie was blatantly secular humanistic, overly preachy on being one with the Great Spirit, one with the river, blaming the demise of the Anazazi (who died out over a 1000 years ago) on global warming, and not depriving poor Mexican farmers of river water. Oh well...

Ps2. Just in case someone reads this and wonders if all Arizona's are globally ignorant and abusive with water rights...I do use a low-flow shower head and a water conserving toilet. We also do not wash our cars, our sidewalks or our driveways, like many people do in other parts of the country. We already have desert eco-friendly landscape (why? because it is so darn hard to grow grass here!) We live with the threat of drought all the time and naturally conserve water simply because it is practical and necessary to do so.

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