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THE MOUNTAIN THAT WEEPS is a 2019 documentary film about the most contentious land-use battle in Riverside County, California history. In 2005, Granite Construction Company proposed a seventy-five-year open-pit mining project on the southern border of the City of Temecula, California. The project, branded “Liberty Quarry”, ignited community outrage which led to seven years of heated debates and public hearings. Liberty Quarry was quickly opposed by The City of Temecula, “Save our Southwest Hills” a local grassroots group, The Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve and the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. These four entities came together in an unprecedented effort to contest the quarry project claiming it would destroy quality of life, ruin air quality, cause an increase in traffic and pollution, and devastate a site held sacred to the Pechanga Tribe. Despite opposition and denials on multiple levels of Riverside County Government, politics and back door deals kept the project alive, allowing a giant corporation to supersede the will of the public. More than just a development vs environment story, THE MOUNTAIN THAT WEEPS explores which force is stronger, the power of community, corporate greed, the corruption of politics, or reverence for the sacred.

Director's Bio:

Brad Munoa is a writer, director, producer for the Pechanga Creative Studios in Temecula, CA. He studied film production at the University of Southern California and graduated in 2005. Since then, he has worked in many capacities creating content for the Pechanga Tribal Government and Pechanga Resort Casino. In 2017, Brad was selected to write and direct a documentary on an abridged history of the Pechanga Tribe from early reservation life to the present day. Shortly after the success of that film, he began production on his first feature film, The Mountain That Weeps. As a member of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, Brad has a deep appreciation for storytelling and considers film the most effective medium for communicating ideas and preserving culture.

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    United States
  • Note
    Nominated for Best Documentary Feature
  • Director
    Bradley Munoa
  • Screenwriter
    Bradley Munoa, Mark Stock, Chris Culp, Jacob Mejia
  • Producer
    Bradley Munoa
  • Cast
    Mark Macarro, Kathleen Hamilton, Susan Miyamoto, Paul Macarro, Laura Miranda, Jeff Comerchero, Marryann Edwards, Mike Naggar, Matt Rahn, Lisa Woodward