Film shines a light on the importance, history of acequias
January 25, 2023 - ADRIAN GOMEZ / JOURNAL ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
Ten years. This is the time it’s taken Aracely Chapa to complete her latest project.
On Saturday, Jan. 28, “Acequias: The Legacy Lives On,” will premiere at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Chapa began the research in 2013, when she received funding from the state Legislature for a film on acequias.
“This happened at a time when UNM was beginning to reach several anniversary milestones so I put the project aside to produce films commemorating UNM’s history, beginning with ‘Zimmerman@75,’ then ‘UNM@125’ followed by ‘Popejoy@50,’ ” she says. “I finished producing those films in 2015, and soon after resumed the research process for the acequia film.”
Chapa is the manager of Multimedia Services at the University of New Mexico Center for Regional Studies.