An award filled with hope
The short film Lágrimas de la Tierra (Tears of the Earth) by the Mexican David Ballesteros won the audience award at the fifth edition of the We Art Water Film Festival. It is a document on the unspeakable human damage caused by toxic discharges into the water. Governments and companies are obliged to control them and citizens must denounce them and claim their rights. The awareness of young people is the great hope, in Mexico and all around the world.
Lágrimas de la Tierra, the short film winner of the audience award at the fifth edition of the narrates the consequences of one of these stories. David Ballesteros, its author, lives in Mexico City and studies Communication Sciences at the School of Political and Social Sciences of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
The spill was described as the worst environmental disaster caused by the mining industry in Mexico. The federal government, in response to citizen pressure, forced Grupo Mexico to create a trust fund of US$150 million to repair the damage to those affected. At present, the negative consequences of the disaster have not yet been repaired and the Government has implemented a plan to recover water courses and build water treatment plants. For the population, the threat of the dam is still there.
David Ballesteros, author of Lágrimas de la Tierra, short film winner of the audience award at the We Art Water Film Festival 5.
The young drivers of change
David thinks the reason for his victory in the public vote is due to the wave of empowerment of art and creativity that Mexican youths are experiencing: “There are many creative people and very talented artists in Mexico and in Latin America. There is artistic hunger in the country and a great desire to see its creative people and artists move forward.”
In Mexico, social awareness has awakened among young people and citizens are putting pressure on the government and companies: “Awareness has been raised – he declares – That same youth is increasingly aware of the role of citizens in solving water deterioration. The greatest problem, more than ecological, is social and based on corruption. Pressure must be exerted. As a citizen, I have to play my part and be more sustainable, save water and not consume products that pollute, but companies also have the responsibility not to pollute and not to take water away from those communities that do not have it.”
David was impressed by the quality of the pieces presented at the festival and recommends watching the . He calls on the world’s creatives to participate in the next edition: “The submitted pieces are a journey through many very painful and worrying realities that need to be addressed now. I call on all creatives to raise awareness of how important it is to be consistent and grateful to water, which is the engine of life. I invite all future participants to realize how important it is to seek to do good for their communities, their country and the entire world instead of worrying about winning an award.”