WATER FIRST: REACHING THE MDGS
World Water Day Tribute
WATER FIRST: REACHING THE MDGS (USA, 2008, 46 min.)
World Premiere Over 4,000 children die every day from preventable water-related diseases. Shot in Malawi, where nearly half of the 12 million people don’t have access to clean water, Water First addresses the need to prioritize water in order to meet any of the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals). Centered on Charles Banda, a local fireman turned waterman, we hear first hand how important water is to meeting the needs of people in Malawi. Since Banda founded Freshwater Project Malawi, a small, local NGO, he has provided clean water to nearly one million people. From his perspective, we hear how water is not only essential to reducing disease, but a key ingredient for community development. Directed by Amy Hart and produced by Hart Productions. Winner of Second Place Prize at International Water and Film Festival, World Water Forum, Mexico, 2006.
Discussion with filmmaker Amy Hart follows screening.
Shown as part of the day-long World Water Day Tribute. Welcome by Peter O’Brien, Managing Director, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. Opening remarks by Guest Curator Linda Lilienfeld, followed by: AGUAS CON EL AGUA; UMBRELLA; WATER FIRST; TIROL – LAND OF WATER; THE STAVE WEIR IN LUCERNE; RIVERGLASS; VILLAGE OF DUST, CITY OF WATER; and SWITCH-OFF. The World Water Day Tribute will continue with a panel discussion entitled Global Water Challenges, and the film finale FLOW: FOR THE LOVE OF WATER.
At EFF’s Tribute to World Water Day, Island Press will have books for sale from its list of titles on freshwater and ocean conservation. For more information, please visit www.islandpress.org.
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