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The Colorado

For five million years the Colorado has carved some of the most majestic landscapes on the planet. It has also become the lifeline of a vast portion of North America, providing the water that sustains nearly forty million people, half a dozen major cities, and an immense agricultural empire. Because of these demands, the river is so overused and overpromised that it no longer flows to the sea or nourishes its delta. Placing the ecology of the river within a rich social context, The Colorado journeys through the prehistoric settlement of the region, the period of European exploration, the dam-building era, modern industrial agriculture and immigration, and the impacts of climate change.

  • Murat Eyuboglu
    Claude Lévi-Strauss: Return to the Amazon (2009)
  • William deBuys
    Salt Dreams: Land and Water in Low-Down California
  • National Sawdust
    Aging Magician / Epiphany: The Cycle of Life
  • Mark Rylance
    Bridge of Spies / BFG
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Environmental, Social History, Music
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 26 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 18, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    600,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Mexico, United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Da Camera of Houston
    United States
    August 12, 2016
    World Premiere
  • Met Live Arts at Metropolitan Museum of Art
    New York City
    United States
    May 18, 2016
    New York
  • Hollywood International independent Documentary Awards
    United States
    September 12, 2016
    North American Premiere
    Excellence Award
  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
    Washington DC
    United States
    March 18, 2017
  • Wisconsin Film Festival
    United States
    April 2, 2017
  • Stanford Live
    Palo Alto
    United States
    April 22, 2017
  • Golden Tree International Documentary Film Festival
    Frankfurt am Main
    September 8, 2017
  • Taos Environmental Film Festival
    United States
    September 28, 2017
  • Festival de Octubre
    October 5, 2017
  • The Kennedy Center
    Washington DC
    United States
    March 18, 2018
  • Crested Butte Music Festival
    Crested Butte
    United States
    July 13, 2018
  • Utah Film Center
    United States
    August 16, 2018
  • Escalante Canyons Art Festival
    United States
    September 28, 2018
  • Utah Film Center
    Salt Lake City
    November 30, 2018
  • University of Pittsburgh
    United States
    April 7, 2019
  • National Sawdust
    New York City
    United States
    March 21, 2019
Director Biography - Murat Eyuboglu

A photographer, filmmaker, and music historian, Murat has worked on various collaborative projects with poets, composers, musicians and other filmmakers, including Claude Levi-Strauss: Return to the Amazon, a feature documentary on the Nambikwara Indians in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The Colorado is his first feature-length documentary as Director. He is currently working on a documentary on the Amazon River.

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Director Statement

Over the past four years in twenty filming trips, I have developed a deep attachment to the Colorado River and the lands it drains. I began understanding the problems of the region more deeply and bonded with its people. With the help of a truly extraordinary team, I tried to create a social and ecological narrative spanning from the prehistoric times to the present while also striving to convey the sublime as well as tarnished beauty of the region. As a team, it is our hope that The Colorado will initiate a new and caring relationship between its audiences and the North American West.