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Saturday, October 6 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Water, Health & Social Change: The Story Of Cholera (4 min), Ru: Water Is Life (19 min), Carbon For Water (22 min), Watershed (54 min)

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THE STORY OF CHOLERA, (4MIN, ISRAEL)
DIRECTOR: YONI GOODMAN
WORLD PREMIERE

The Story of Cholera will save lives. Developed in response to the devastating cholera epidemic that began in Haiti in fall of 2010, the animation helps affected populations around the world better understand cholera and how to prevent it from spreading. It's an engaging, educational animation in which a young boy helps a health worker save his father and then guides his village in preventing cholera from spreading. By making the invisible cholera germs visible, this simple animated narrative brings to life the teaching points of cholera prevention.

 

RU (WATER IS LIFE) (19MIN, SUDAN)
DIRECTOR: SHAWN SMALL
WORLD PREMIERE

In 2010, we traveled to South Sudan weeks before its referendum for independence. We went to shoot a documentary following the day in the life of a child profoundly affected by her community’s lack of access to clean water. We met and fell in love with Jina Teji, a twelve-year-old girl from Hai Village outside of Yei, Sudan. Jina is the primary caretaker of five younger siblings and a sickly grandmother. Three times a day, Jina made a two-mile circuit to the local water source, a tepid, green hole filled with gray water. The groundwater hollow is the primary source of water for 3000 villagers. Jina’s daily treks to the water hole dominated her life. We filmed in Hai village because of the incoming well. During our filming week, Water is Basic drilled Hai's first well, which allowed us to see the profound difference one well can make in the life of a child. That one child is the story of water in South Sudan.Ru (Water is Life) is a story about the strength, joy and resilience of the people of South Sudan, seen through the eyes of a young girl, who have somehow adapted to a nation plagued with the threat of civil war. Two months after filming Ru, South Sudan became a free nation. The doors to bring fresh water to the world's newest country are wide-open. For most in South Sudan, the trek for water is an arduous daily journey. For every Sudanese, water is life.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/48664087

 

CARBON FOR WATER (22MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: EVAN ABRAMSON
CHICAGO PREMIERE

In Kenya's Western Province, most drinking water is contaminated. The wood many Kenyans use to boil this water to make it safe is increasingly valuable. Women and girls, who bear the responsibility for finding water and fuel, often miss school or work while seeking both fuel and water. Some even encounter sexual violence. Yet waterborne illness remains a daily--and life-threatening--reality for them and their families. Carbon For Water introduces audiences to the inspiring people who face these hardships, and explores one company's innovative solution for improving the health of millions of Kenyans and the environment in which they live.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/30365384

 

WATERSHED (54MIN, MEXICO, USA)
DIRECTOR: MARK DECENA
CHICAGO PREMIERE

“Whiskey is for drinkin’. Water is for fightin’,” says Jeff Ehlert, a fly fishing guide in Rocky Mountain National Park, recalling a well worn saying heard throughout the Colorado River Basin. As the most dammed, dibbed, and diverted river in the world struggles to support thirty million people across the western United States, the peace-keeping agreement known as the Colorado River Pact is reaching its limits. Can we meet the needs of a growing population in the face of rising temperatures and lower rainfall in an already arid land? Can we find harmony amongst the competing interests of cities, agriculture, recreation, wildlife, and indigenous communities with rights to the water? In Watershed, Ehlert joins rancher Dan James, Delta restoration worker Edith Santiago, Navajo Council member Glojean Todacheene, Rifle Colorado Mayor Keith Lambert, and a group of Outward Bound teens rafting down the Colorado River as they reflect a compelling new water ethic- one that illuminates how letting go of the ways of old can lead to a path of coexisting with enough for all.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/44008229


Saturday October 6, 2012 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 2