Following the epic cascade of the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, from the icy cliffs of Lake Superior to the ornate fountains of Chicago to the sewers of Windsor, this feature-length documentary tells the story of the last sizeable supply of fresh water on Earth. The source of drinking water, fish and emotional sustenance for 35 million people, the Great Lakes are under assault by toxins, sewage, invasive species, dropping water levels and profound apathy. Some scientists believe the lakes, which contain 20 percent of the globe’s fresh water, are on the verge of ecological collapse. Filled with fascinating characters and stunning imagery, Waterlife is a cinematic poem about the beauty of water and the dangers of taking it for granted. Narrated by Gord Downie, the film features music by Sam Roberts, Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Ros, Robbie Robertson and Brian Eno (—ourwaterlife.com). Directed by Kevin McMahon. Produced by Primitive Entertainment and the National Film Board of Canada.
Introduced by a representative of the Canadian Embassy. Discussion with filmmaker Kevin McMahon follows screening. Reception follows program (3/16 only).