Official Selection MountainFilm 2021

Mighty Waters

17 mins


Bahamian sport fishing legend Ansil Saunders guided Martin Luther King, Jr. through the mangroves on a fishing trip just days before King was assassinated in 1968. Even though King went to the Bahamas to relax and write, he left an indelible mark on the country and Saunders. Now 88 years old, Saunders reflects on how King inspired his interest in politics as he helped lead the island nation’s subsequent fight for independence and desegregation.

Colorado Premiere

Production Team

Shannon Vandivier
Bowen Parrish

Film Contact

Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2021 Mountainfilm Festival.

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The American Museum of Fly Fishing

The American Museum of Fly Fishing (AMFF) is committed to uncovering and sharing the history and stories of BIPOC in fly fishing and we are honored to be involved in Mighty Waters. We encourage people to reach out to the AMFF, to introduce us to the people and personalities who share our fly fishing passion – tell us a story about a local fishing legend, or an innovator who never found the spotlight. 100% of donations will contribute to memorializing Ansil Saunders civil and fly-fishing legacy.

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