Camilo Arenas shares his great experience as the winner of the Micro-film/documentary category of the past edition of the We Art Water Film Festival.
Camilo Arenas, a 26 year-old audiovisual producer born in Bucaramanga, Colombia, was the winner of the Micro-film/documental category of last year's edition of the We Art Water Film Festival.
‘Páramos: agua por oro' Camilo's winning documentary, tells the story of a farmer, whose fields are threatened by the growing mining industry that is developing in his area; a water pollution problem that is becoming a major threat for the health of the population in many parts of the world, a topic that fits perfectly within the goals of the Festival and the We Are Water Foundation.
As the winner, Camilo was awarded with a scholarship to study the 'Master of Documentary and Society' at the prestigious Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya (ESCAC), a SONY camera, as well as the opportunity to participate as the director of a documentary being made by the Foundation, showcasing several of the projects in which it is involved.
Camilo tells us in a very human and inspiring interview, how moved he was after taking an active role in the projects that the We Are Water Foundation is undertaking in Bolivia, together with Unicef, and how enriching the experience was both at a personal and professional level. You may watch the full interview here:
Camilo is proud to be part of the actions undertaken by the Foundation in the areas where the images of the documentary were shot, as they have a positive and direct effect not only on the quality of life and the health of the people, but also because they give a better future to the children.
We hope that you may be inspired by Camilo's experience, and that we can count on your participation to this second edition of We Art Water Film Festival, which has many new features, and even better prizes.
Do you want to be among the winners of the second edition of the We Art Water Film Festival?
In this post, you will find out how the winners of the previous edition did it.
As in this year's edition, the participants of the first edition of the We Art Water Film Festival had to face the challenge of presenting a video for competition directly or indirectly related to the water issues, the main objective of the We Are Water Foundation. Unlike this year's theme, which is focused on 'access to water and sanitation in the world', the theme selected for last year was the one chosen by the UN for the World Water Day 2012: "Water and food security".
Below we highlight some of the main characteristics of the four winning short films of the previous edition, in order to inspire potential participants:
- In the Micro-Documentary category, Camilo Arenas showcased the ‘Páramos: Agua por Oro' film, a very well made short, in which through a brief interview and a very adequate selection of images, he describes the dark reality of many populated areas on earth, in which the extraction of precious minerals, like gold, pollutes the water used in the farms that supply the food to large populated areas.
- In the Mobile category, Sergi Frias presented the ‘Two ways to grow' film, which addresses the issue of water waste, in a very clever way visually.
- In the Animation category, Anna Baranska presented the 'Give me water, please' short, which through the use of a filmmaking style that is persistent in the message, and through the color of the images and the voice of the protagonist, makes you realize the millions of people in the world who may be suffering from the scarcity of water, as well as the importance of early education in schools, so that the younger generations are much more aware of the water issues.
- The Audience Award went to Raihan Ahmmed, who presented the 'Water for Life' short, an interesting job that uses a twist in the middle of the film to connect two different stories, far between them, but linked via the same water.
All the winners showed very different ways of addressing the same problem, a diversity that from the point of view of the Foundation enriched the results of the Festival, far exceeding the initial expectations in terms of creativity and quality.
We hope that you also find your inspiration and get involved! In addition to the reputation and visibility that the Festival and the Foundation offer, this year, you may also win prizes of up to € 2,500 in cash!
Pascal Edelmann, press officer at the EFA (European Film Academy), talks about his motivations and gives some tips for participating in the We Art Water Film Festival.
Among the members of the jury of this second edition of the We Art Water Film Festival, we have Pascal Edelmann, a well-known professional within the international film industry, both for his current job at the European Film Academy, as well as for having held several positions in different film and communication sectors.
On September 27, the We Are Water Foundation had the opportunity of interviewing Pascal during the presentation of the Festival in San Sebastian. From his interview, we highlight his motivations for accepting to participate as a member of the jury in the contest, based on the importance of raising awareness about water issues, as well as on taking specific actions to make a difference in that regard. On the other hand, from his experience from many years working in films, he talks about the power of cinema as an effective tool for getting a message across a big audience, and consequently for potentially changing people's attitude towards a specific issue. You may access the full interview here:
Furthermore, Pascal also offers several tips to the participants of the Festival, such as the importance of having a very clear message in mind, and of conveying something real, something moving that comes from the heart. Finally, he talks about the key elements that a short film must have for being selected for the prestigious European Film Awards, of which he is a member.
Pascal's vision fits perfectly with the Festival, regarding the importance of the water problems addressed by the Foundation, as well as the media it uses in order to increase the impact and therefore the visibility of these problems within the society in general.
- The 68th UN General Assembly calls for speeding up the progress made towards achieving the MDG for 2015.
- Water is a key element in the goals beyond 2015.
- The goals must respond to the new challenges in the framework of sustainable development.
The problems of access to water and improved sanitation are one of the central themes in the Post-15 Agenda and the main claim of the United Nations in pursuit of a world alliance. The Post-15 Agenda was created by the United Nations General Assembly at its Plenary Meeting of 2010 and the aim of which is to help define the future framework of global development that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) that reach their conclusion in 2015.
This was corroborated last September at the 68th General Assembly held in New York. With almost 2 years to fulfil the goals set by the MDG for the Post-15 Agenda, world leaders renewed their commitment and agreed to hold a high-level summit in September 2015 in order to adopt new goals.
The evaluation of the Millennium Goals is positive, although the President of the Assembly, the ambassador John W. Ashe, underlined the urgent need to press the accelerator and double the efforts to reach 2015 with the "job done".
Moreover, Ashe prioritised the fulfilment of the development agendas and stressed the urgent application of a world alliance for morally obliged development and as a starting point to mark the road map for the agenda after 2015.
"The aim of reducing by half the people who suffer hunger is within our reach", stated the President.
Water at the heart of sustainable development
The Assembly highlighted the progress made in the improvement in access to water, the treatment and prevention of HIV and deaths related to malaria and tuberculosis. Nevertheless, Ashe warned that there was still much to do; for example, there are still more than a billion people living in extreme poverty, more than 2 billion without access to improved sanitation and about a billion who still defecate in the open air, with the massive risk that this reality contains for health.
In the framework of the meeting, which dealt with the reduction of poverty and defining a new agenda of sustainable development, the Prime Minister of Tajikistan, Oqil Oqilov, brought to the Assembly the initiatives and conclusions of the high-level conference that was held the previous August in Dushanbe, his country's capital. At that meeting the government of Tajikistan advocated the development of a global vision of water for the Post-2015 Agenda that could be used as a road map for the implementation of a goal of sustainable development relating to water. Oqilov stated that "water is at the heart of sustainable development and closely linked to a large number of key challenges at a world level".
The Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-15 Agenda
One of the questions dealt with at the 68th Assembly was to issue the proposal about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) developed in the Rio+20 Conference, held in 2012. This task of the Assembly was agreed at the Conference which also placed the SDG as a coordinated element and developed coherently with the process of evaluation of the Post-15 Agenda to be undertaken after 2015.
In the agreement signed and accepted by all the main players in this Assembly, it was decided that one of the important points to take into account and strengthen in the Post-15 Agenda is the creation of a sustainable setting in terms of access to drinking water and sanitation.
With the MDG deadline about to be completed, the member states must ensure that the Agenda is complied with on the question of water; of prime importance is the inclusion in it of parameters of inequality and discrimination that still mark a profound difference between millions of people who do not have basic decent access.
In the setting of the Assembly, a special event was held about the MDG, attended by international organisations, representatives of civil society and the private sector, with the participation of UN Water. The aim of the debate was to look into and tackle the success factors for ending the risks implicit in a sustainable framework, both in access to water and for sanitation.
The MDG place emphasis on ending extreme poverty, hunger and avoidable diseases, and have been the most important global development goals ever for the UN; to achieve them correct sustainable water management is absolutely essential, a factor that features as the driving force of change. The SDG will continue the fight against extreme poverty, but will also add the challenge of achieving more egalitarian and environmentally sustainable economic growth, placing special emphasis on limiting the dangers of climate change caused by mankind.
The President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, during one of his interventions, stated on these lines that, "Today many nations have achieved what in 2000 might have been considered a dream: reducing by half the number of people living in extreme poverty, eliminating the differences of gender at school, extending access to drinking water and improving the living conditions of the inhabitants of slum dwellings".
Yong Kim also called attention to the following: "However, progress in relation to health, sanitation and the completion of primary school education is at risk. We are faced with a big challenge. Its size surpasses the capacity of a single institution. It transcends the competencies of the majority of individual governments. We need productive associations between governments, the private sector and civil society to speed up progress".
Setting international development goals has produced enormous changes in the lives of many people, especially in the poorest parts of the planet. One place that benefited enormously was sub-Saharan Africa, the success of which can serve as an example for the design of the SDGs. The We Are Water Foundation has, since its creation, positioned itself alongside the work of the MDG and now with the SDG; and to do this it has set up and collaborated on projects in the most disadvantaged areas, such as the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia, Guinea Bissau and the Republic of the Congo, among other countries.
About the We Are Water Foundation
The We Are Water Foundation, promoted by the Roca company, has as objectives, on the one hand, to raise awareness amongst the general public and the administrations about the need to promote a new culture of water and, on the other hand, relieve the negative effects related to the lack of hydric resources, through the development of cooperation and aid programmes alongside diverse organisations such as Education without Frontiers, the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, Intermón Oxfam and UNICEF.
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