In 1976 a group of mothers, teachers, scientists and students came together with a mission to protect 2,000 acres of wetland in Huntington Beach from being developed. What they didn’t know is they would spend the next forty years of their lives fighting to restore the Bolsa Chica, the largest preserved coastal wetland in North America. Today, with just 10% of California’s coastal wetlands remaining, the Amigos look back at how, despite many obstacles, a group of ordinary citizens succeeded in carrying out an extraordinary mission. This inspiring true story raises a fundamental question: do we save nature, or does nature save us?
Saving the Bolsa Chica Wetlands was directed by Jeremiah Hammerling & Rita Baghdadi and produced in partnership with the Amigos de Bolsa Chica. The film premiered to a sold-out crowd on February 26, 2016 at the Huntington Beach Library. Wider distribution TBA soon.