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Aral, the Lost Sea at the closing ceremony of the Lanzarote European Film Festival

February 4, 2011
Isabel Coixet's documentary will bring to a close a week of screenings at the Cueva de los Verdes auditorium. Aral, the Lost Sea was also shown at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Seville European Film Festival.

Five of the best European films of 2010 are being shown as part of the Lanzarote European Film Festival. The European auteur films are about current hot topics ranging from Iraq in the post-Saddam era (Son of Babylon) to problems of coexistence in a consumer society-immersed Romania (Principii de Viata) and the beautiful and modern autobiographical documentary by Agnès Varda (Las playas de Agnes). The documentary by Isabel Coixet and the We Are Water Foundation entitled Aral, the Lost Sea is also being shown. This documentary reports on the drying up of the Aral Sea and the consequences thereof.

The festival directors explain that the screening of Isabel Coixet's documentary in Lanzarote "reflects a long-standing concern on the island about nature, the wind, the earth and the ocean". Fittingly, Lanzarote was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1993, and the island serves as a laboratory for experiments seeking to achieve sustainability. With this initiative, the We Are Water Foundation once again highlights the lack of water resources in different parts of the world and the related negative effects, seeking to raise public awareness and encourage the public to donate funds to be used to implement cooperation projects together with different NGOs (www.wearewater.org).

Personalities from Spanish cinema, including the actresses Antonia San Juan and Assumpta Serna, the producer Eterio Ortega and the Romanian actress Rodica Lazar, have been going down the unique natural staircase of the Cueva de los Verdes, an underground tunnel over six kilometres long that was formed as a result of the eruption of the Corona Volcano. This natural space is one of the island's art, culture and tourism centres, an auditorium that combines the protection and enjoyment of the natural environment.

For more information about the projects supported by the We Are Water Foundation and how to contribute, visit: www.wearewater.org.