Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky | Canada | 2013 | 92 min
English, Mandarin, Bengali, Hindi, and Spanish with subtitles.

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Watermark 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.


PLUS: 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. Panelists include: Jason Mark, Editor, Earth Island Journal; additional guests to be announced.


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