Global Water and Population Films and Panel Discussion to Mark World Water Day

DHAKA’S CHALLENGE: A MEGACITY STRUGGLES WITH WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE (Bangladesh, 2011, 7 min.) Over 1,000 people move to Dhaka every day, but almost two-thirds of Dhaka’s sewage is untreated and left to seep into waterways and the ground. Tens of thousands of people die each year of cholera, diarrhea and other waterborne diseases in Bangladesh – but the country is also an innovator in promising new approaches to providing clean water and decent sanitation for all. Produced by Emmy Award Winner Stephen Sapienza.

DONGTING HU: A LAKE IN FLUX (China, 2011, 5 min.) The surface area of Dongting Lake has fallen by half in the last 70 years. Lying off of the great Yangtze River, it is one of China’s most important lakes. Land reclamation, pollution and over-fishing threaten its existence. Produced by National Geographic China, Photographer Sean Gallagher.

WATER SCARCITY ON THE INDUS RIVER (India/ Pakistan, 2010, 7 min.) The recent Indus flood focused attention on too much water, but Pakistan’s real problem is too little – and too many people. This PBS NewsHour segment investigates how the impending water crisis might be related to population growth and poorly planned development. Reporting by PBS NewsHour Correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro.

CHATTAHOOCHEE: FROM WATER WAR TO WATER VISION (USA, 2010, 8 min. clip) For 20 years Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been locked in a fierce battle over one river – the Chattahoochee. Through the eyes of ordinary people up and down its banks, the film explores what’s at stake and asks the question: Can differences be resolved before the waters run dry? Produced by Rhett Turner and Jonathan Wickham for Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Discussion with Katherine Bliss, Director, Global Water Policy Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and filmmakers Stephen Sapienza, Rhett Turner, Jonathan Wickham and Fred de Sam Lazaro, follows screening. Moderated by Jon Sawyer, Executive Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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