The WNC Climate Action Coalition will present a screening of the documentary “Guardians of Our Troubled Waters: The River Heroes of the South” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Lake Junaluska Terrace Auditorium.

The documentary by award-winning film director David Weintraub tells the story of communities and their deep connections to their rivers and streams, as a source of spiritual and physical sustenance.

Weintraub is the director of the Center for Cultural Preservation in Hendersonville, which specializes in producing oral history and history films.

Among his projects are two that have aired on PBS.

The Sept. 21 screening is free, and donations are welcome.

The film focusses on the French Broad and Pigeon rivers.

“Guardians of Our Troubled Waters” includes the story of Wilma Dykeman, who was born in Buncombe County. Her books featured stories of the land and people of Appalachia. “The French Broad,” her first book, drew attention to the degradation of that river during the 1950s, specifically by the paper mill in Canton.

Dykeman’s story, along with several others, illustrates ordinary people making extraordinary efforts to protect the area’s natural resources.

The event includes a panel discussion by Weintraub; Eric Romaniszyn, executive director Haywood Waterways; and a representative from Mountain True.

The WNC Climate Action Coalition was formed by a group of Haywood County residents as they met to consider local challenges to the environment, including water quality and the demands of development on the area’s watershed.

For information on the event, call 828-246-1609. For more information on the film, visit www.saveculture.org/guardians-of-our-troubled-waters/.

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