The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting presents excerpts from films on global water issues in a special presentation following World Water Day and in support of the campaign to enact the Water for the World Act. Among the films to be shown are:
Selection from SUN COME UP (Carteret Islands, 2009, 8 min.) Inhabitants of the Carteret Islands in the South Pacific face rising sea levels, which threaten their idyllic existence, forcing them to search for a new home. Directed and produced by Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger. Winner of Media that Matters Jury Award.
EASY LIKE WATER (Bangladesh, 2009, 5 min.) Flooding in Bangladesh may create 20 million Bangladeshi “climate refugees” by mid-century. Mohammed Rezwan has built a fleet of solar-powered, Internet-enabled school boats to bring education to all, no matter how high the waters. Directed and produced by Emmy Award Winner Steve Sapienza and Glenn Baker.
WATER WARS (Ethiopia, 2009, 6 min.) The increasing scarcity of water in southern Ethiopia is driving the extinction of traditional ways of life and fueling conflict between neighbors. Residents must dig deep wells and plains once full of vegetation for grazing livestock are a dusty memory. Cattle are dying—and people are too. Directed and produced by the Common Language Project.
POISONED WATERS (USA, 2009, 15 min. excerpt) More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, iconic American waterways like the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound are in perilous condition and facing new sources of contamination. Pollution is increasingly coming from consumer products, which are having profound impact on surrounding wildlife. Reported and hosted by Emmy Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith.
Introduced by Jon Sawyer, Pulitzer Center Executive Director. Discussion, moderated by Jon Sawyer, follows screening with filmmakers Jennifer Redfearn, Steve Sapienza and Hedrick Smith in addition to David Douglas, President, Water Advocates and Water Lines.