Agua, RÃos Y Pueblos (Water, Rivers and People)| 44mins
Director: Sonia Llera | Producer: Fundacion Nueva Cultura del Agua
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: Spain
We live on the Blue Planet, the Water Planet. Yet according to the UN, 1.1 billion people lack decent access to drinking water. Because of, some 10,000 people die every day, most of them children. In reality, we are facing a crisis of unsustainability, which we have caused by taking too much water from the environment, systematically polluting our rivers and aquifers.
The over-extraction of rivers and aquifers, the fragmentation of river habitats by large dams, have cumulatively destroyed the life of rivers, decimating the fisheries upon which countless poor people depend.
The World Commission on Dams estimated that between 40 and 80 million people have been evicted from their homes and villages to make way for one of the more than 50,000 large dams that were constructed during the 20th century.
The pressure for privatization from agencies like the World Bank has transformed citizens into customers, ignoring the fact that access to drinking water should be guaranteed and a human right.
In sum, we are facing a global water crisis, in which the victims are invisible, distant and faceless. Our consciences easily forget them.
In the film Water, Rivers and People, we decided to give a voice to these people, who are simultaneously both victims and protagonists for a more just, dignified, and sustainable world.
Perhaps they do not have all the answers to these problems, but there is no doubt that they are suffering on the front lines. They deserve to be heard and their stories taken into consideration.
Pedro Arrojo Agudo
Director of Water, Rivers and People