Our relationship with water goes beyond the survival of our body, beyond dignity and justice, it is spiritual. H2O, the short film by the Bangladeshi Ahmmed Raihan, one of the finalists of the We Art Water Film Festival 4, reflects how water has been an element that for thousands of years has united us all as a symbol of transformation and a metaphor of an ethical lifestyle.
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The winning of four iAgua Awards implies the recognition of the sector to the work of the Foundation and a motivation to move forward in the battle fought by mankind to achieve full access to water and sanitation. It is becoming increasingly urgent to raise awareness in society to create a common front against climate change, environmental degradation and poverty.
The water taps on the streets of Methinkot ran dry after the devastating earthquake of 2015 in Nepal. The 700 inhabitants of the village now depend on a single fountain half an hour’s walk away. The short film The last Sprout, by Poudel, one of the finalists of the We Art Water Film Festival 4, tells the daily routine of Puspa, a 12-year-old girl, her mother and her aunt, who spend up to six hours every day fetching water.
In Lake Wular, Kashmir, Billa collects floating garbage to support his family. He is happy because by doing this, he is contributing to cleaning the water. He is the protagonist of Saving the Saviour, the short film by Jalal Jeelani, finalist in the micro-documentary category of the We Art Water Film Festival 4. His life and testimony highlight the importance of saving the largest freshwater reserve in India and also ending the situation of millions of children around the world who, like him, depend on the collection of garbage to survive.
“Black”. That is how many children in Nepal perceive water. Like the protagonist of Color of Water, the short film by Sabin Maharjan, winner of the We Art Water Film Festival 4 in the micro-fiction category. The Himalayan country, which is home to the headwaters of the main rives in southern Asia, has severe supply problems for its population.
The short film by the Colombian Nicolás Durán, winner in the micro-documentary category of the We Art Water Film Festival 4, is a beautiful tribute to pure water, an immense gift of nature that is increasingly rare to find unless we climb to the top of the mountains. In Colombia and all around the world, it is urgent that we act as the protagonist of the short film, who changed his attitude to be coherent with his thinking.
There are as many ways of relating to water as there are inhabitants on Earth, but cinema is a universal language that encompasses them all. This is the beauty and power of communication of the shorts of the We Art Water Film Festival, which has doubled the participation in its fourth edition. The quality of the works shows that it is possible to tell revealing and touching stories about our relationship with water in just three minutes, inviting us to search for solutions to the serious injustices suffered by those who do not have it.
The glaciers on the world’s roof are shrinking and menacing the balance of the rivers that feed nearly a third of the world’s population. The first to be affected are the people who live by the ice. In the long run, we can all be.
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