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Water Pressure: Our Right to Water

  • Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema 506 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y3 Canada (map)

The true cost of the Water/Energy nexus

Two of these hard-hitting films are international premieres:
Timbó | UK
Thirst For Power | USA

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Emcee: Dr. Stephen Scharper
Associate Professor, University of Toronto

DAAHAM - Thirst
Siva Nageswara Rao
INDIA | 2017 | 5 min
International Premiere

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When asked to do so, will we replenish and sustain nature as it does for us? This is the moral question asked in filmmaker Siva Nageswara Rao’s short fictional film with a philosophical twist. Lost in the heat of the desert sun, our water starved protagonist comes across a shelter with a water well and a bottle with a message that compels him to choose between personal short term relief or to sustain the resource for the benefit of others.


Peiman Zekavat
UK | 2017 | 9 min

Timbó, a poisonous plant made worse when dissolved in water, is the canary in the coal-mine to the local tribes along Brazil’s Tapajós river. In this stunning film we observe daily life among those whose lifestyles are threatened by mining and dam development due to inevitable flooding that will spread poison throughout the community. This story is an outcry, demanding us to listen to the voices which industry attempts to silence.

Thirst for Power
Mat Hames
USA | 2018 | 61 min
International Premiere

THIRST FOR POWER will leave you in awe of human ingenuity and our mastery over water. Inspired by his book of the same name, author and scientist Dr. Michael E. Webber shows us the true power of water to bring life to civilizations or send them into despair in its absence. From Roman aqueducts in the south of France to modern energy and water distribution systems, you will gasp at the mechanical behemoths that give us the luxury of household tap water. But is there hope for keeping this foundation strong as climate change exacerbates its vulnerabilities?


Q & A discussion to follow the screenings.

Please support Ecologos initiatives by purchasing Water Docs T-Shirts ($25) and Water Bottles ($20) available at all Water Docs Film Festival screenings.

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