Watermark

This visually stunning film weaves together diverse global stories that show our relationship with water. The filmmakers' message resonates with California's current water shortages, as it shows our dependence on and fight to control our most precious resource.

 

Directors

Jennifer Baichwal & Edward Burtynsky

Country

USA 

Year

2013

Running Time

92 mins 

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edwardburtynsky.com

   

SFGFF Film Program:


WatermarkWatermark reunites award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky (Manufactured Landscapes) as they weave together diverse global stories that show our relationship with water. Their message resonates with California’s current water shortages, as it shows our dependence on and fight to control water. We see massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka. Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, these images come together with a soundtrack that is both beautiful and haunting. In Watermark the viewer is immersed in a world defined by a magnificent force of nature that we often take for granted - until it's gone. 

Screening: June 1, 2014 at Roxie Theater. 

Panel discussion: Water in the West
What is the future of water in California? As we face the worst drought in decades, how do we balance the lack of water with pressure from agriculture, fracking and a growing population? Take part in a lively conversation with leading local experts to determine a more sustainable future, for one of our most precious resources. Includes: Jason Mark, Editor, Earth Island Journa; Adam Scow, California Campaigns Director, Food & Water Watch; Jennifer Clary, Program Associate, Clean Water Action