Let’s Talk About Water — Film and Water Event — Delft
February 5-17, 2018
Welcome to the sixth edition of Let’s Talk About Water, the water and film festival in Delft. We use the power of cinema to inform and to spark debate on a wide variety of topics that are connected through water. This year’s theme is Landforms & Landscapes. The films take us on many journeys around the world, influenced by geophysical changes that appear in the news on a regular basis.
In Syria, at the most extreme, war and conflict change landscapes. It has been suggested but not verified that drought may have been the driver. But whatever the reason, masses of refugees started traversing borders, seas and continents in a heartbreaking search for a better life. We will take a look at some of their stories.
On the other side of the globe, in the high Andes where glaciers and snow are disappearing, bare rockface replaces ski slopes and drinking water now is unavailable. All around us landforms and landscapes are changing. And yet, within the climate models, water is hardly ever addressed.
As we make our way to Kenya, a tree planting activist is suffering from the unprecedented and unpredictable nature of weather as well.
With the hope that the planting of trees would encourage retention of soil and moisture, sudden flooding after years of drought wiped out his efforts.
These things are all interconnected by water. By changing landscapes on a big scale, we influence circulation patterns and by disrupting the global water cycle we are affecting people everywhere.
As we journey across India from the source to the mouth of the Ganges we encounter issues of water quality. Industry and agriculture pollute the Ganges, even though it is a sacred and revered river.
After quantity and quality we look at another major water issue, power and power sharing, which leads to the world of transboundary conflicts. How to resolve them? What better example than the Nile basin, home to the narratives and myths that infuse many cultures? It takes us across eleven countries that share the Nile.
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