World Water Day Tribute

VILLAGE OF DUST, CITY OF WATER (India, 2006, 28 min.)

This lyrical and chilling cine-poem explores social exploitation over access to water in India, where rural water supplies are redistributed to serve booming cities and other communities are displaced to create dams. Hopes buried in the concrete of a failed, dry canal; a parched well used as a storage tank; a village forced to eat grass after years of drought and a party that boasts of artificial rain for its guests are among the vignettes provided. Poetry, accompanied by music, complements the interviews and documentations taken from many sides of each critical water issue. Directed by Sanjay Barnela.

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.

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FREE, no reservations needed.

Carnegie Institution of Washington, Elihu Root Auditorium,

1530 P St., NW (METRO: Dupont Circle, Q St. exit)

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