CARING FOR OUR CLIMATE FILM COMPILATION (in partnership with Halton Environmental Network) WATER BE DAMMED. WORLD PREMIERE | Canada | Documentary | 35 minutes (made in collaboration with School of the Environment and Department of Geography, University of Toronto)
Synopsis: We live on “the blue planet”, abundant with water. Yet, we are now facing a crisis created by decades of mismanagement, unlimited depletion and pollution of the earth’s water bodies, issues accelerated now by climate change. So how did we reach this crisis point? Our documentary shows that by not following the four pillars of water sustainability – science, economics, governance AND spiritual connections, we have damned one of our most precious resources. Through the lens of the Satluj river in Punjab, India, we trace the story of challenges, hopes and aspirations of water’s will to survive and rejuvenate. Director: Vanita Khanna, Writer/Producer Dr. Romila Verma and Prab Kainth FILM FACT: This screening is the World Premiere of the documentary Water Be Dammed. Watch a preview.
SOCKEYE SALMON, RED FISH Trailer CANADIAN PREMIERE | Russia | Documentary| 51m
Synopsis: Sockeye, a species of wild salmon, is born in Kamchatkan waters and spends its entire life in the Pacific Ocean. Only once does it return to fresh waters – to give offspring, start the circle of life, and die. It is an inexhaustible resource that feeds billions of people on the planet, restored every year. But soon, we may find ourselves facing the
unimaginable: humans will exhaust the inexhaustible. Directors: Dmitriy Shpilenok, Vladislav Grishin FILM FACT: salmon poaching is so dangerous in the Kamchatkan wildlife sanctuary that the filmmaker faced insurmountable delays shooting. Every night, over 700 kilos of sockeye caviar was poached causing filming to shut down for a time.
SHORT FILMS: Traces (Belgium, 12:05, Dir. Sebastien Pins), It Only Takes a Minute (Oakville, 1:35 Dir. Katie Wang & Hayden Chan, Our Plastic Legacy (11:58, Dir. Dave Tourchin), Halton Climate Collective:
Every Action counts (Oakville, 2:50, Dir. Nicholas Wandel), Guardians of the Grasslands (Canada, 12 min, Dir: Sarah Wray and Ben Wilson)
Q&A: with Romila Verma (Writer/Producer Water Be Dammed) and other filmmakers to follow screening.