In the Mojave Desert of Southern California,
the world’s energy companies converge to produce power. Large environmental groups like NRDC and the Sierra Club have partnered with energy companies and utilities. They’ve destroyed ecosystems, migrating birds, tortoise, and sacred places from ancient civilizations.
The LA Times indicates, we are at a “Flashpoint” between competing value-systems. Bodies
have been exhumed, and geoglyphs destroyed, in an area that is a long-term indigenous settlement.
The film takes us behind the scenes of two of the largest solar projects in the world,
“fast tracked” by US renewable energy policies.
With Don Alfredo Figueroa (Yaqui, Chemehuevi), Reverend Ronald Van Fleet (Mojave Traditional/Hereditary Chief), Phil Smith (Chemehuevi). Preston Arrow-weed, (Quechan/Kumeyaay), Chemehuevi Chairman Charles Wood. Tracks, Keith Secola (Iron Mountain Ojibwe), Jesus (Chuey) Figueroa, (Chemehuevi, Yaqui, Chichimeca), Victor Van Fleet (Mojave) and Bird Singers, Larry Eddy (CRIT).
Bill Powers, P.E., solar expert, Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, Lowell Bean Ph.D. Anthropologist, James Andre, Ph.D., Botanist, U.C. Riverside, V. John White, Executive Director, CEERT, Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger. Narrated by filmmaker Robert Lundahl.