Yakona (2014)

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Yakona, meaning 'rising water' in the Tonkawan language, is a visual journey through the crystal clear waters of the San Marcos river and its headwaters at Spring Lake. The river has seen Mastodons die on its banks, the Native tribes of North America rise and fall, Spanish explorers seeking the fountain of youth and modern man building dams, theme parks, roads and bridges. Now a popular recreational destination, the San Marcos River is a natural water park frequented by tubers and kayakers. However, concealed just beneath the surface, the river and Spring Lake retain much of their primordial prehistoric characteristics. The spring-fed waters harbor eight endangered species and support a diverse ecosystem of plants and animals that have remained relatively unchanged for millions of years.

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Unapologetic in its activist bent, the film is just as relentless in its beauty.

Oct 28, 2014

With nary a word of narration and only one explanatory onscreen title, at the very end, the hybrid documentary Yakona tells a captivating story through a rich blend of sound and image.

Oct 28, 2014

A film that would have been more potent had it been a 40-minute short rather than a feature-length proposition.

Oct 23, 2014

The documentary is very impressive and enchants the eye with its stream of poetic images. It also has almost no narration; it simply wants us to watch in wonder.

Aug 28, 2018

Co-helmers [Paul] Collins and Anlo Sepulveda capture the wonder and delicacy of a life-giving tributary in all its complex and captivating glory.

Jul 3, 2015

Yakona is a visually stunning piece of ambitious filmmaking, though the storytelling sometimes suffers from ambiguity and an overreliance on images alone.

Oct 28, 2014

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