Hearts on the Gila
Hearts on the Gila

Screenings: April 27

Show Times: 4:30 & 7:30

Admission: All seats $10

Running Time: 90 min

Language/Subtitles: English

Film Director: David Garcia

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Can the lives and deaths of three teenage environmentalists help save one of America’s last wild rivers?

Four years after losing their teenage children in a tragic plane crash, three mothers embark on a thirty-six mile boat journey down the Gila River and into the Gila Wilderness in Southwestern New Mexico. Their three kids, avid environmentalists, were studying the effects of a devastating forest fire when their plane went down. Passionate advocates for the wild, the children’s lives were inextricably linked to the Gila. As the women travel on kayaks down the river, their physical journey mirrors a journey of their souls as they pass through the heart of the Gila. The women learn about themselves, their children’s legacies, and the importance of wild river systems to the spiritual health of humanity, in a world where wild places are rapidly disappearing.

From New Mexico documentary filmmaker David Garcia comes the story of three grief-stricken mothers seeking solace and hope on the waters of one of America’s last wild rivers. Four years and multiple river trips in the making, Hearts on the Gila is a lush cinematic river level journey down one of America’s great natural treasures. As the film nears completion, the filmmaker is taking a work-in-progress cut of the film on the road to share with select Southwestern communities that have a stake in the future of the threatened Gila River. 

For more information about the Heart of the Gila project, go to heartofthegila.org