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San Antonio Debut Screening of yakona /water rising/

  • University of the Incarate Word Student Engagement Ballroom 4301 Broadway Street San Antonio, TX 78209 (map)


Yakona, meaning “water rising” in the language of the indigenous people of the San Marcos River, is a visual journey through the crystal clear waters of the San Marcos River and its headwaters at Spring Lake. This film takes the viewer from prehistoric times through the modern era on an impressionistic journey from the perspective of the river. While filming, many extraordinary changes occurred surrounding the springs and river, including the removal of the Aquarena Springs theme park, the restoration of Spring Lake and the uncovering of ancient human remains. The film documents these historic changes to the river.

The film follows the river from source to sea, through the changing seasons, interpreting the river’s time and memory, and documenting this relationship between ourselves and the natural world. Yakona speaks directly to the viewer with its beauty, appealing to humanity’s higher nature, and the viewer begins to understand this is a river that yearns to remain unchanged despite everything that is changing around it.

With introductions made by Paul Collins, co-director, co-screenwriter, and co-cinematographer.

Seating is limited. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.