Water Shorts Program

Water Shorts Program

(c) Mission of Mermaids

Water Shorts Program

EXTINCTION (USA, 2011, 5 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere
An artful story showing that the most pressing environmental issues are happening right now in our lifetime, not thousands of years from now. Directed by Clayton Haskell. Produced, written and starring Summer Rayne Oakes.

MISSION OF MERMAIDS (USA, 2012, 19 min.) World Premiere Both a poetic ode to the seas and aplea for their protection, Susan Cohn Rockefeller’s latest and most personal documentary focuses on the beauty and current plight of the world’s oceans. Using the archetype of the mermaid, a mythical creature evocative of the ocean’s enduring mystery, the film also honors the mermaid’s real life avatars, the mer women and men who live from and for the seas – artists, activists, performers, divers, fishermen and sailors – and all of us who have played and dreamed on beaches, reveled in ocean waters and nourished ourselves in her depths. Directed and produced by Susan Cohn Rockefeller.

ARAL: THE LOST SEA (Spain, 2011, 25 min.) United States Premiere

Shown as part of the multi-day, multi-venue Health and the Environment Film Series

Introduced by Guillermo Corral, Cultural Counselor, Embassy of Spain.

Once the world’s fourth-largest inland body of water, the Aral Sea is now a notorious example of ecological calamity. Retreating over the last 50 years after the rivers that fed it were diverted for Soviet cotton irrigation projects, today it covers half of its original area and its water volume has been reduced to a quarter, transforming the climate of the region. The tainted water that remains has led to chronic illness, with climbing infant mortality rates and skyrocketing bronchitis and liver cancer. The international community was unaware of these changes until satellite images from NASA revealed the extent of the disaster in 2003. Narrated by Ben Kingsley. Directed by Isabel Coixet.

CARBON FOR WATER (USA, 2011, 21 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere

Shown as part of the multi-day, multi-venue Health and the Environment Film Series

At dawn, nine-year-old Anzelma walks for miles in search of firewood. Many in her village in Kenya have died from drinking dirty water, and firewood is a valuable commodity, used to boil water to make it safe. Waterborne disease claims more lives than war. Many families depend on wood for household energy while forest cover is dwindling, rainfall is decreasing and water contamination and population are on the rise. One company is attempting to change this by providing 900,000 free household water filters to the people of Kenya’s Western Province. This is the largest household water treatment program in the developing world, and it’s being financed with carbon credits earned through the reduction in use of firewood. If successful, it will reduce the dependency on wood to boil water, cutting CO2 emissions by two million tons per year for a decade or more. Directed and produced by Evan Abramson and Carmen Elsa Lopez.

Discussion with Carbon for Water filmmakers Evan Abramson and Carmen Elsa Lopez and Margot Stiles, Senior Scientist and Campaign Manager, Oceana, follows screenings. 

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FREE. No reservations required.

Carnegie Institution for Science, Elihu Root Auditorium

1530 P St., NW

(Metro: Dupont Circle)

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