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Florida Room Doc Festival
(released 2/8/2006)

The State of Our Water -- February 9 – 11, 2006 – Espanola Way

The 4th Annual Florida Room's Documentary Film Festival is scheduled to take place February 9-11, 2006 outdoors on the Plaza de España on Miami Beach's Española Way.

For a full schedule please visit the website at or call (305) 576-6161.

The 2006 theme is "The State of Our Water" which has become a significant issue based on recent events – devastating natural disasters and the privatization of potable water, pollution and water management -- demonstrating the utter importance of water from an environmental and economical point of view. "Our goal with this year's theme is to raise the awareness for Miami Beach residents and visitors of the global consequences of water privatization. It has become increasingly important for all to comprehend the necessity for water conservation and the creation of accessible water in our community and beyond," say Festival Founders, Rhonda L. Mitrani and Juan Carlos Zaldivar.

The festival opens on Thursday, February 9 at 8:00 p.m. with the film "One Water" preceded by the short, "Bottle This." The festival program also includes "Thirst," "Water Warriors," "Naked Planet," "Cowboys, Indians and Lawyers," "The Miami River" and "Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea."

Each evening a panel of filmmakers, activists and local leaders will lead an open discussion regarding issues related to the evening's films.

The film, "One Water," will feature live accompaniment composed and conducted by Thomas Sleeper and played by members of the University of Miami's Frost Symphony Orchestra. Poet, Deborah Magdalena, will join the festival team again this year serving as host for the panels on Thursday and Saturday evening. Ms. Magdalena will also perform a spoken word piece. Jim DeFede, renowned journalist, will moderate the panel on Friday evening, February 10.

VIP tickets are priced at $20 per person per screening and general seating is $10 per ticket (all ticket prices are suggested donations). Lounge chairs and/or blankets are welcome. 6:00 p.m. film screenings and receptions will take place at the Miami Beach Cinematheque (512 Espanola Way).

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