Inspirational River Film wins prestigious international award

A documentary that tells the story of the successful trans-boundary management of water resources in the Okanagan/Okanogan Basin and Osoyoos Lake has won a prestigious Award of Excellence at The Impact DOCS Awards Competition.

A River Film, produced by Jiri and Lucie Bakala — the husband and wife production team at Kelowna’s Ascent Films Inc. — blends the perspectives of water managers, farmers, First Nations and tribes, scientists, and others on both sides of the border.

Although the film focuses on the Okanagan/Okanogan Basin in particular, the themes presented throughout the film are universal and apply to other trans-boundary watersheds in the United States and Canada.

The film was lauded for its exceptional cinematography and storytelling. It was produced for the International Joint Commission in close collaboration with the Washington State Department of Ecology and the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

Impact DOCS recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change.

Documentaries were received from 30 countries, including veteran award-winning filmmakers and fresh new talent. Entries were judged by highly qualified and award winning professionals in the film and television industry.


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