WATER TOWER, THE
Directed by: Peter McBride
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science
FIND ON MAP
THE WATER TOWER (USA, 2012, 27 min.)
River Shorts and shown as part of the Rivers Program
Program introduced by Jack Byrne, Director of Sustainability Integration Office, Franklin Environmental Center, Middlebury College.
In central Kenya, northeast of the Rift Valley, there is a tower. It is a monumental, granite swell with a crumbling pinnacle that stretches 17,058 feet into the sky. Many people throughout this region of East Africa believe their God, Ngai, lives on top. While this second tallest African peak, named Mt. Kenya, may be the home of a God for some, it is also the home for 70 percent of the nation’s water supply, fed by glaciers and annual storms that eddy around this looming, rock island. It is truly Kenya’s Water Tower, and it is changing. Filmmaker Peter McBride, who climbed this mountain 30 years ago, recognized physical changes to the mountain and that the glaciers he crossed as a boy had almost disappeared. Directed, produced and photographed by Pete McBride.
Shown with EEL • WATER • ROCK • MAN, THE KING’S RIVER, BANGLADESH: LAND OF RIVERS, and A RIVER RUNS THROUGH US.
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