Mother of All Rivers Synopsis
In a country with growing socioeconomic inequality and human rights violations, Berta Cáceres rallied the indigenous Lenca people and waged a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of a major project. On March 3, 2016, Berta was murdered by gunmen in her home, paying the ultimate price for her activism.
About the Filmmaker
Will Parrinello has been producing and directing documentaries for 30 years. His credits include Mustang – Journey of Transformation, Emile Norman – By His Own Design, Dreaming of Tibet, Little Italy, and The New Environmentalists. Parrinello co-produced Summer ’82 – When Zappa Came to Sicily and Jack Kerouac – King of the Beats.
He was director of photography and editor on In The Light of Reverence, and director of photography on the Academy Award-nominated feature documentary Tell the Truth and Run, George Seldes and the American Press, Standing on Sacred Ground, Sumo Basho, and Yen for Baseball.
More from the Filmmaker
Time after time, Mill Valley Film Group filmmakers, Will Parinello and John Antonelli, can and do find big screen outlets for their creative expression, from Sundance to Tribeca to Cannes — PBS to the Sundance Channel to MTV. For 30 years they have produced award-winning films for theatrical distribution, broadcast, cable, and home video.
“We both must feel a passion for the subject of our films. We have to be willing to live with a story for many years in order to take it on. And making films that matter wins out every time.”