FIU hosts screening of “Women of the Watershed” (includes video story)

The FIU College of Business Complex hosted a screening of filmmaker Scott Barnett’s new documentary “Women of the Watershed.” It follows FIU Digital Broadcasting student Chloe Barnett’s journey to the Everglades to address the challenges of water management and pollution with the help of female conservationists.

A 30-minute clip of the film was shown to the audience. It was followed by a discussion panel with Pauletta Bowers, president of the Florida Seminole Cattlewomen, Betty Osceola, an educator and advocate who is part of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, and Chloe Barnett.

At the end of the discussion panel, Barnett, Bowers and Osceola were given the Voices of a Planetary Ethos award for being leading voices in watershed conservation.

“I hope that when people watch this film, especially the public, [they] will get a better understanding of the ecosystem and the importance of healing the environment so that all the ecosystems thrive,” says Osceola.

Duvasana Bisoondial is a sophomore majoring in Digital Journalism and getting a certificate in Women's and Gender Studies at Florida International University. Her goal as a future journalist is to highlight the social and cultural contributions made by Caribbean immigrants in America and other parts of the world.
Currently, she enjoys adding on to her list of books to be read and watching Indian movies, both old and new.