Sonoma Valley Sun


Sonoma Valley’s historical documentary returns

Posted on February 7, 2024 by Sonoma Valley Sun

Sonoma Valley wasn’t always the bucolic and prosperous place that it is today. Spain, Mexico, Imperial Russia and the short-lived California “Bear Flag” Republic all claimed ownership of the land and dominion over the people before California became part of the United States.    

It’s quite a story. 

Sonoma firefighters battle a huge fire in the fall of 1911 on First Street East on the Plaza. Source:  Sonoma Democrat, September 20, 1911

The acclaimed historical documentary, Call of the Valley: The Enduring Lure of Sonoma, tells it at the Sebastiani Theatre on February 24. 

The documentary features the birth of Sonoma Valley starting with the indigenous First Nation tribes and continues through ethnic, economical, territorial, racial and power struggles of those who were born here, who immigrated and who were sent here to colonize the area.

The film was directed, written and produced by Sonoman Julie Morrison, and was filmed here by locals. 

Call of the Valley features stunning photography and insightful interviews with historical experts including some of the Valley’s long-time family residents  Watch the trailer.

It was accepted at two international film festivals held in Sonoma and Los Angeles, and also was shown to an enthusiastic Congressional audience in Washington, D.C.

The nonprofit film screens on Saturday February 24, at 1 pm at Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First Street East. Tickets are $11, and may be purchased at the door or online at

One thought on “Sonoma Valley’s historical documentary returns

  1. Wow, this looks really interesting. We will be watching the trailer in our store today. Thanks! It’s great to see photos and videos from before the world wars. And photos and videos before the Bolshevik revolution in 1917 and creation of the private Federal Reserve in 1919. We have been systematically dismantled by the enemy within since.

Comments are closed.

Sonoma Sun | Sonoma, CA