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Call for Entries to the 10th Edition of Voices from the Waters

Call for Entries

Voices from the Waters – 2017
11th International Travelling Film Festival on Water
Call for Entries

Bangalore Film Society in collaboration with a consortium of organizations, is presenting the 11th edition of Voices from the Waters 2017. The 10th edition of Voices from the Waters received entries from 88 countries across the world underlining the global relevance of this festival. Over the last ten years the festival brought together film directors, grass-root level water activists, environmentalists, scientists, policy makers, scholars and artists, from all walks of life to engage in a process of learning and debate on various water issues from around the world.
We invite you to be part of the 11th International Film Festival on Water by contributing short, documentary, animation and feature films on water and related issues.
Voices from the Waters is conceived as a travelling film festival. The selected films after being premiered in Bangalore are available for collaborative non commercial screenings at cultural and educational institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, small towns and Residential areas in India and abroad.
If you have a film under any of the following categories:  Water Scarcity,  The Dams and the Displaced, Water Harvesting/conservation, Water Struggles/Conflicts, Floods and Droughts, Global Warming and Climate Change, Impact of Deforestation on Water-Bodies, Water Sanitation and Health, River Pollution, The Holistic Revival of Water Bodies, Water and Life, you may consider sending it to us. Please note that the categories are flexible and your film does not have to necessarily adhere to them while focusing on the larger theme of water. 

Selection Process
There is no entry fee for films submitted
All the submitted films will be subject to a selection process by the festival selection committee comprising of eminent professionals including documentary film makers, film critics, social activists, academician’s et al.
Applicant must pay for the shipment of films to The Bangalore Film Society.

Entries to the Film Festival must include: 
1. Two DVDs of the film with English subtitles / or appropriate internet transfers
2. A signed copy of the entry form (can be sent via email
3. Three high-resolution stills of the film (can be sent via email
4. A high-resolution photograph of the director (can be sent via email)
5. Promotional materials are welcome

All the submitted films will become part of Voices from the Waters archives and will be made available for screening for non-commercial purposes based on a written authorization by you. Please send your authorization letter for the above purpose along with the film.

 Last date for submissions: May 30, 2017


Georgekutty A.L
Bangalore Film Society,
No.33/1-9, IVth Cross, Thyagaraju Layout,
Jaibharath Nagar, M.S. Nagar P.O
Bangalore 560 033. 

About Voices from the Waters - 2016

10th International Travelling Film Festival on Water

23 - 26 November 2016

voices from the waters

Inauguration at Christ University – Nov 23rd at 5 pm.
Film screening at Christ University – 24th to 26th Nov 2016.

Film screening for the public at Gandhi Bhavan, Kumarakrupa Road, Bangalore – 24th to 26th Nov 2016 from 9 am to 8.30 pm.


Bangalore Film Society in collaboration with Christ University, Gandhi Bhavan Bangalore, Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, Finger Lake Environmental Film festival (FLEFF) and a consortium of partner organisations, are proud to present the 10th edition of Voices from the Waters-2016. It is a non-profit International Travelling film festival to raise water-awareness among the public through art and cinema. There is no entry fee for film submissions and admission to the festival is free on first come first serve basis.

Voices from the waters, International Film Festival on Water 2016

These are times when we are witnessing deepening inequities when it comes to the control, distribution and sharing of water; a basic source of life, livelihood and lifevisions. The urban over the agricultural, the  privileged over the marginalised, divided political affiliations and loyalties and many other fault lines have intensified the water wars that are predicted to break out with increased frequency in the coming decades. Memories of the recent violence over the unresolved issue of sharing the Cauvery river waters between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, are still fresh.  However local the issue may seem at present, the issue of water has been and will be of global significance and heated debates. Debates revolving around the first world over the third world, between ethnic communities, rights of indigenous people, rights of those who seek development, of basic human rights, of environmental rights and the rights of future generations.

The festival has sought to offer a glimpse of the hopes, despair, and the success stories of those who are carrying on a relentless struggle for access to water as a basic need. The stories revolve around water scarcity, dams and displacement, water harvesting/conservation, water struggles and conflicts, floods and droughts, global warming and climate change, degradation of oceans, impact of deforestation on water-bodies, river pollution, the holistic revival of water bodies and many other interesting and insightful, even poetic takes on water and life. Issues have been varied and sometimes similar across regions, ethnicities, countries and more.

With the 10th Edition of the Voices from the Water, we hope to draw the attention of the people in Bangalore, to the pertinent issues on water across the world.

The documentaries and films shown over the years have received accolades from various film festivals and awards across the world. The festival has travelled across the state of Karnataka, through the support of Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy as well as through the initiatives of environmental activists.  The festival has also travelled abroad to Tokyo, (2011), Spain, (2012), Columbia, (2013) and Gothenburg, Sweden in 2013 and 2014. This year the festival has received over 200 entries from over 80 countries.

Your contributions and support would really help to sustain, consolidate and further develop this initiative. We look forward to you and your friends participating in the film festival as also supporting it financially. If interested, please Click here to Donate.  You could also issue a cheque or a Demand Draft (DD) drawn in favour of ‘Bangalore Film Society’ or visit our website that has the required bank details.

Hope to see you at the festival.

With Warm Regards,

Georgekutty A.L
Secretary and Festival Director



Curating and screening of the best chosen documentary films related to water to a larger global audience.



Spaces for those who wish to discuss the very human and the humanist intent of documentary films on water.



Prominent scholars and activists will initiate conversation on International water issues and solutions.



Exhibition of art installations, photographs, videos and paintings based on various water themes.


Voices from the Waters International Travelling Film Festival is a celebration of water, the element that nurtures life in manifold ways. Initiated by Bangalore Film Society in 2005, the festival brings to you water stories from across the world. We are all touched by the beauty of water…
Civilizations through the ages harnessed water and grew around it. However, contemporary civilizations have seen it as an economic utility and a dumping ground for all the waste they generate and polluted it. The festival is also the stories of restoration of water to its pristine beauty. Viewing these visual narratives gives us all an opportunity to focus on the global water crisis and engage in deep reflection to conserve this life sustaining nectar for posterity. Water brings us all together.
Apart from films, the other avenues of engagement at the festival would be painting and photo exhibition, art installations, water songs, lectures, roundtables, eco-conscious product bazaar and interaction with film directors, water activists and water scholars.

Bangalore Film Society

Bangalore Film Society

Bangalore Film Society (BFS) is a nonprofit cultural organization registered under the Registrar of Society’s Act Karnataka and affiliated to the Federation of Film Societies of India. We explore through the medium of cinema, the cultural politics and how it impacts and shapes the contemporary cultural practices, politics and social behaviour. Towards this, we organize regular film screenings and discussions on feature and documentary films from across the globe as well as organise film festival and conferences on specific themes. Voices from the Waters International Traveling Film festival is one of its major activity.  Through our well curated programmes we attempt to connect the participants with cultural histories of ideas and desires of social transformations, contentious socio-cultural-political issues of our times as well as provide an aesthetic experience.

Volunteers needed!

Volunteers needed!

The festival is a great opportunity for young volunteers to interact with many creative people contributing to keep our environment clean and beautiful. It is a platform for creative ideas and practice.

The selected volunteers will coordinate the festival and invite educational institutions in Bangalore to promote and invite them to participate in the festival.

If you are interested to volunteer, Call: +91 80 25493705 or Email

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List of films, Screening Schedule & Synopsis

10th International Travelling Film Festival on Water, 2016

Screening Schedules – Venue: Christ University, Bengaluru


Screening Schedules – Venue: Gandhi Bhavan, Bengaluru


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23rd November  2016

Inauguration Film: Christ University

Ballad of the Holland Island House -2015
Director: Lynn Tomlinson
Country: USA
Duration: 4 min
Language: musical
The film is as short animation made with an innovative clay-painting technique in which a thin layer of oil-based clay comes to vibrant life frame by frame. Animator Lynn Tomlinson tells the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay. Told from the house’s point of view, this film is a soulful and haunting view of the impact of sea-level rise.

Lynn Tomlinson is an award winning animator, documentarian and sculptor focusing on community arts. She is the director of Summer Kitchen Studio, and lives in Orlando, Florida.  She has been a professor at Cornell and the University of the Arts, an instructor at Richard Stockton College and Tufts University


Directors: Laurie Bompieyre and Victor Alexis Ferrand
Duration: 17min
Language: English
Different forms of life, living in the surooundings of a river, converge to the branch on which a kingfisher is waiting for the arrival of a lost fellow, from the water.

Aghbalou: the Source of Water
Director: Remigiusz Sowa
Country: Poland / CF: Brazil, France, Italy, Morocco, Poland, Qatar, Senegal, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 minutes 55 seconds
Language: English

In the face of an increasingly hostile and unpredictable climate, AGHBALOU – The Source of Water combines a local story of struggle and neglect with a global call to action against the growing challenges of sustaining water and fighting poverty.
The oases of the Todgha Valley in Southern Morocco have successfully sustained livelihoods and agriculture for centuries through an ancient and elaborate system of underground channels, but today new threats and challenges are facing these age-old communities. The film aims to tell the story of people and their individual aspirations for a better future amid the swirl of challenges facing the area: population growth, groundwater over-extraction, emigration, climate change and unequal development, among others. The film explores irrigation practices in the Todgha Valley, a river oasis on the southern slopes of the High Atlas Mountains, revealing how agricultural developments can be both an opportunity and a possible threat to the rural poor. It looks at the future of agriculture in the region and presents potential strategies to adapt to growing water scarcity.

Director: Remigiusz Sowa
An award-winning documentary filmmaker with directing, filming and producing experience in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He is the director of a green film production company Chouette Films where he makes films for social change for a wide range of purposes, from education to development, environmental to humanitarian, and far beyond with a low environmental footprint.

Director’s Statement
This ambitious short film seeks to combine a local story of struggle and neglect with a global call to action against the growing challenges of sustaining water and fighting poverty. It is easy to take water for granted. Even at times when hosepipe bans are in place, it seems impossible to imagine a reality in which the taps run dry. It would be a mistake, though, to overlook the importance of this resource or to ignore the growing challenges of water security around the world.

Blue Nuit ( Midnight Blue)
Director: David Myriam
Country: France
Duration: 8 min
Language: French

This ecological tale takes us to the heart of the underwater world, between night and light, following the rhythm of a whale’s meditations, a privileged witness of human activity on the oceans.

Director: Xavi Tello and Rafa G Sanchez
Duration: 63 min
Country: Spain
Hydro is an underwater non verbal risky adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey, created thanks to the Internet and the use of collaborative Creative Commons licenses. Included at the genre NonVerbal Film developed by Ron Fricke (Baraka,1992) ,offers a no-words epic trip, accompanied by sounds and large musical atmospheres. The footage includes recordings of almost all the oceans, lakes and rivers, experimental videos and animation. Produced by Xavi Tello, Juanpe Gimeno and Rafa G. Sanchez, this Epic Odyssey has been possible thanks to footage submitted by 56 filmmakers, and the music of 16 musicians, with the participation of the legendary American band ‘Fugazi’, supporters of the movement DIY (do it yourself).
Rafa G. Sanchez, studied Image and Sound at Alicante and filmmaking at the film academy of Barcelona. Rafa is part of the collective ‘8 Monkeys’ working as director and screenwriter in this context. During the last eight years he has been diving, making music and creating underwater movies. He has been making video and music under Creative Commons licenses since 2004.
Xavi Tello, Producer and Director. During the last eight years he has been diving, making music and creating underwater movies. He also is the producer of an Independent Music Documentary. Xavi is working in audiovisuals since 2001. He has been making video & music under Creative Commons licenses since 2004.

Ballad of the Holland Island House – 2015
Director: Lynn Tomlinson
Country: USA
Duration: 4 min
Language: musical
The film is as short animation made with an innovative clay-painting technique in which a thin layer of oil-based clay comes to vibrant life frame by frame. Animator Lynn Tomlinson tells the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay. Told from the house’s point of view, this film is a soulful and haunting view of the impact of sea-level rise.

Director: Lynn Tomlinson is an award winning animator, documentarian and sculptor focusing on community arts. She is the director of Summer Kitchen Studio, and lives in Orlando, Florida. She has been a professor at Cornell and the University of the Arts, an instructor at Richard Stockton College and Tufts University

It hit upon the Roof – 2015
Director: Teymour ghaderi
Country: Iran
Duration: 4 min
Language: English

A young boy is at home, alone with his sick mother. It is raining outside and the roof of their home is dripping. He is playing with his toys, and also collecting the pleaking water but one spot is very challenging where his mother is sleeping. He wants to keep his mother dry and does not want to wake her up.

Tampere International Short Film Festival 2013, Diploma of Merit
Best short film, berlin black film festival 2012 and 15 other awards

Teymour Ghaderi graduated in screen writing and photography. He is also a short story writer. He has directed three short films: Pomegranate is the Fruit of Paradise, Picking the down and It Hit Upon the Roof. Winner of 18 national and international awards (Canada, South Korea, Czech Republic and Turkey) for the films Pomegranate is the Fruit of Paradise and Picking the Down.

Aquarium – 2015
Director: Marisa Cecchetti
Country: Italy
Duration: 5 min
Language: Italian

A dance into the water of the deepest pool in the world that is in Italy.

Marisa is a skilled dancer, a certified scuba diver and also certified in apnea and free diving. With all these skills combined Marisa wants to merge the passion of dance, her knowledge of physics with diving and knowledge of video editing to create dance videos in water without breathing going to a depth of 17 meters dancing without fins and taking advantage of the beautiful and unique scenery of the deepest pool in the world.

The Island that was/ L’isola che c’era – 2015
Director: Alberto Gambato
Country: Italy
Duration: 10min
Language: Italian

In 1954, legendary Italian neorealist director Renato Dall’Ara shot his first short film, helped by a group of friends and Polesian cinema lovers. Being self-taught, he started the project almost just for fun about a fact which happened in Scano Boa, a thin, 5 kilometers long, sandy island full of mediterranean flora, the last one to separate the Po river delta from the Adriatic sea. 60 years later, Lamberto Morelli is the sole survivor of that crew.

Alberto Gambato received a degree in Film Direction in 2007 at the Film School directed by Marco Bellocchio. His shorts Velleità (2003) Dopo chi (2004) and uno in più (2005) get several selections and awards at italian festivals between 2003 and 2007. Since many years he collaborates with agencies such Alchimi-E, Marketing Arena and IDA Studio.

1st World Nations/ Indigenous People’s Rights

No Word for Worry – 2015
Director: Runar Jarle Wiik
Country: Norway
Duration: 90 min
Language: Thai, Moken

As one of the last indigenous sea nomads, Hook must make a courageous voyage to salvage the remains of his unique culture. Hook grew up with the ocean as his universe; he is a sea nomad from a vanishing world. The film follows Hook from the bottom of the modern social ladder on a voyage into the heart of Moken territory off the coast of Myanmar. More than a quest to salvage the remains of his culture, he faces the universal questions of identity, love, loss and belonging.

Winner: Golden Chair, Norwegian Short Film Festival 2014,
Winner: Best Cinematography, Nordic Docs 2014
Audience Award Eurodoc 2014

Runar Jarle Wiik graduated from London International Film School in 1988, and has since been involved in over a hundred film and television productions as either writer, director, producer, editor, cinematographer or camera operator. In 1994 he made his feature film debut with The Bikini Season. Since then, he has mainly been accepting assignments as D.O.P. on documentaries around the world. His interests and focus lie predominantly on documentaries that address the plight of indigenous peoples.

Ringbalin – Breaking the Drought -2015
Director: Ben Pederick
Country: Australia
Duration: 32m
Language: English

A powerful documentary about the healing of Australia’s greatest river and its diverse peoples through ancient ceremony of culture and spirit. This is a story that started in 2010 with the Murrundi Ruwe Pangari Ringbalin, a ceremony to save the Murray Darling Rivers from a decade of drought.
Back then farms were failing, people were losing hope, cities were running out of water, and the rivers and the Coorong were dying. Uncle Major Sumner knew that the traditional owners had to do something. He joined with other traditional owners to perform the Ringbalin, travelling down the river from Queensland to the Southern Ocean, doing ceremony every night, singing the spirit back into the river, and into themselves.
Ringbalins are old, something that had been done for tens of thousands of years. Then the tribes were stopped from doing it for 200 years, but when the whole nation needed a change they decided to start again. And that year, during the first Ringbalin, we all witnessed an amazing thing. As the different tribes danced, the weather started to change, and the rains began to fall. It took two weeks of dancing and travelling but by the time they reached the Coorong and the Murray Mouth the drought was broken.
What followed that year, and the next, was a flood; the most rainfall in Australia’s recorded history. People say it was always going to rain sometime, and of course it was, but the fact is that after a decade of drought it just started to rain when they danced. In the tribes and for many people along the river, it seemed that that was a gift from the ancestors.
Awards – Best Documentary Social and Political Issues
Ben Pederick began making documentaries in 1996 and in the last decade has produced and directed documentaries on human rights and the environment with organisations like National Geographic USA, Radio Free Asia and The Nature Conservancy. He was Series Director for National Geographic’s first digital expedition, working with Alexandra Cousteau to chronicle stories of water crisis across North America and internationally. Ben is a co-founder of production company Goodmorningbeautiful Films.

Conversations on the Lake – 2015
Director: Edie Steiner
Country: Canada
Duration: 28 min
Language: English

A film about land, water, and communities in rural northern Canada along Lake Superior. With the landscape as a central character of the film, speakers from rural towns, environmental organizations, and First Nation communities give voice to diverse ecological and social themes affecting Lake Superior. Themes include nuclear waste disposal, protection of water resources, and indigenous culture.
Edie Steiner is a Toronto based photographer and filmmaker. In the 1980s, as a member of The Funnel collective, she produced experimental films which were accompanied by her live music performances. As a member of LIFT (Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto), she served on the Board of Directors, and produced independent short dramas and documentaries. Her films have featured her original music, in collaboration with Canadian and international artists. Among her published works is the text for Australian composer Colin Offord’s Bold New Strategies Suite (EMI International, 1999).

Breath of Swamps – 2015
Director: Ihar Chyshchenya
Country: Belarus
Duration: 24m
Language: Belarusian

June 17, 2011, the Council of Ministers adopted a resolution 8470;794, “On some issues of peat extraction and optimization of specially protected natural areas system” that states about eight swamps as well as those in the reserves to be drained. The documentary film Breath of swamps narrates about balcklist swamps destined to drainage and life stories of its habitants. The film acquaints us with unusual beauty of swamps: full of life they play a critical part in preserving and maintaining the ecological balance and favourable environment for human life as also for plants and birds. Apart from that the film addresses the topic of swamps ecosystem corruption as a result of peat extraction. Whether the officials are justifiable when they prioritize to peat digging? Stories of the locals about how their life and home changed because of peat reclamation.

Ihar Chyshchenya was born in Belarus. He graduated from the Belarusian Academy of Arts with specialization director/ screenwriter. Also known for his work on Last Song (2014), Andrew Takindang, Focus on the middle (2013), Arena Today and Always (2012)

Sacred Spirit of Water – 2015
Director: Morningstar Mercredi
Country: Canada
Duration: 58min.
Language: English

Water is considered to be sacred for the people of the first nations. As the first inhabitants in Canada traditional treatises were signed between the first nation’s people and the colonisers where the natural resources and the peoples rights are protected within traditional territories. However with time and the need for development these treatises are being compromised by the federal government.

Morningstar is a storyteller, actress, social activist, author, poet, playwright, producer, researcher and multi-media communicator. She has previously published one non-fiction children’s book, ‘Fort Chipewyan Homecoming’, which was a finalist in the Silver Birch young readers choice award in Ontario. In 2006, she also published, ‘Morningstar: A Warriors Spirit, plight of murdered and missing Aboriginal Women in Canada. She has acted in film, television, and on the stage, as well as, produced and hosted, First Voices, on CKUA Radio.

Theme: Ice

Ice-Bound – 2015
Director: Joseph Kraemer
Duration: 6 min
Country: USA

A visually stunning experimental short film.

Director: Jospeh Kraemer is an assistant professor in Townson university with a masters in Film and Media Arts.

Speechless: The Polar Realm – 2015
Director: Richard Sidey
Duration: 44min
Country: Canada, New Zealand etc
Language: English

A visual study of the Polar regions over a decade, Richard Sidey gives us, Speechless – The Polar Realm, a non-verbal visual meditation of light, life, loss and wonder at the ends of the globe. With its powerful imagery and equally poignant orginal score by sound artist Miriama, it is a stunning and powerful film.

Best Music & Nature Film – Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, New York 2015
Best of Festival – Wolves Independent International Film Festival, Lithuania 2015
Best New Zealand Cinematography – Documentary Edge Festival, Auckland 2015
After completing a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design with Honors in Wellington, Richard Sidey specialised in environmental filmmaking and nature photography, documenting the polar regions, remote wilderness areas and their wildlife before co-founding the New Zealand based production company Galaxiid in 2016.

Project Ice – 2015
Director: William H Kleinert
Duration: 118 min
Country: USA
Language: English
Formed by ice, filled by ice, often covered by ice, the Great Lakes encapsulate human exploration, migration, development and where we’re headed. Project Ice views North America’s fresh water inland ocean through the prism of ice, from the crossroads of history, science and climate change. North America’s five Great Lakes contain a staggering twenty percent of all the fresh water on the planet. Lake Superior by itself holds ten percent of Earth’s fresh water. Our 4K digital cinema cameras explore this shared Canadian-American resource that holds a timely and telling story of geology, human movement, population growth, industrialization, cultural development, recreation and the profound impact people have had on the very environment they cherish and depend upon. Ice sits at the heart of it all.
Best Documentary East Lasing Film Festival 2014
Award of Excellence 2014 Canada International Film festival
William Kleinert is a committed environmentalist, avid student of history and a 40-year veteran of the media business, with in-depth experience across traditional and new technology platforms, content creation and distribution channels. His media production, marketing, sales, management, executive, news and consulting experience spans three continents and fifteen countries.

Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Change
Director: Simon Lamb
Country: NZ/ UK
Duration: 73min
Language: (language not in English, have English subtitles)
Thin Ice – The Inside Story of Climate Science is an award-winning documentary that focuses on climate scientists and their research. Filmmaker Simon Lamb interviews the scientists and allows them to explain their work in the field of climate science. The film discusses the physics of greenhouse gases, how average world temperatures are determined, how regular patterns of warming and cooling are correlated with carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Thin Ice introduces viewers to scientists drilling in the Antarctic for climate history from ice and sediment cores, to others measuring changes in the atmosphere, oceans and ice sheets. The scientists discuss their work, and their hopes and fears with a candor and directness rarely seen by the public.
Winner,‘Audience Award’ at the Princeton Film Festival,
‘Best Popular Science Documentary’ at the Baikal Film Festival.

Simon Lamb gained his PhD in Geology at Cambridge University in 1984, and went on to study the origin of mountains in New Zealand, Tibet and the Andes. He was at Oxford University for 22 years, first as a Royal Society Research Fellow, and then University Lecturer and Fellow of St Anne’s and St. Cross Colleges. He has a major interest in communicating his subject to a wide audience, and has been closely involved in television science documentaries, both as scientific adviser and producer, including the BBC Earth Story series. Simon has also written two popular science books, one for the ‘Earth Story’ series (with David Sington), and most recently The Devil in the Mountain on his research in the Andes. He is currently Associate Professor in Geophysics at Victoria University of Wellington.

Give World A Chance – 2015
Director: Bayar Banzragch
Duration: 53 min
Country: Mongolia
Language: English subtitles
Journey into the world of Badar Papizan, a traditional musician living in the pristine mountain valleys of Bayan-Olgii province in western Mongolia. He is determined to pass on his extensive knowledge of folk arts, nature, and medicinal herbs to the next generation, and he worries that if we keep polluting our world, the mountain and river spirits will disappear and nature will lose its soul.

Bayar Banzragch was born in 1980 in Mongolia. In 2002 he graduated from the University of Culture and Arts with a major in painting. Since then, he has worked as a cameraman and director for TV programs and serials such as Time and Youth, Moment, You Guess, You Think and Night Rhythm. Currently he works as a director for his production company Semoon. In 2012 his film Give the World a Chance won the Second place in Egypt International Film Festival.

Films from Indian subcontinent

Angioplasty of Streams – 2015
Director: Aditya Seth
Duration: 11min
Country: India
Langauage: Marathi/ Hindi

Shirpur traditionally a drought prone, backward tribal area has today emerged as an exemplary model of social development thanks to its much touted and much criticized “Shirpur Model”. It has turned around the fortunes of the area with effective regeneration of water and watershed management. Today, there are nearly 500 check dams in operation. These check dams have brought about a green revolution in these barren unfertile lands and given the farmer a happy livelihood and sustainable future.
Director: Aditya Seth is an award winning documentary filmmaker. He is an Academic Consultant for the University of South Wales, UK, University of Hertfordshire, UK and New Bucks University, UK and teaches Filmmaking and related media at the Under Graduate and Post Graduate level.

Jalia – 2015
Mohammad Manik (Shanu Manik), Ashrafi Binte Akram, ASM Mahbubur Rahman
Country: Bangladesh
Langauage: Bengali

The Dhepa is a small river of Dinajpur which is situated in the northern part of Bangladesh. This film has focused on 10-12 fishermen families that have been residing at Karnai village. Fishing, the traditional profession of the community, is unable to survive with the changing waters of Dhepa. The impact of manmade disasters have adversely affected the fish in the river and this has taken a toll on these fishermen and their families and has them rethinking about their profession in such uncertain conditions.

2nd Prize, Film Festival of “Beautiful Dinajpur”, Bangladesh

Shrinking Shores – 2015
Director: Ashish Rao
Duration: 38min
Country: India
Language: English

The film, ‘Shrinking Shores’ showcases the story of changing topography on the eastern coast of Odisha, India and emphasizes how global warming has affected the social and economic life of the people that reside there, apart from the catastrophic effect on the diverse ecosystem in the area.
Ashish Rao started his career as a wildlife and travel photographer. He is now working as Asst. Professor at Amity School of Communication. Working as cinematographer in Indian and international film and television industry, he contributed in various fiction films, documentaries, television commercials and corporate films.

Malipuram Dam/ Malipura Bandh – 2015
Director: Laxminarayan Devda and Deepak Verma
Duration: 55m
Country: India
Language: Nimadi and Hindi

An earthen dam was constructed in Sivanpani village in the year 2002as part of a drought-proofing project. Six marginal tribal farmers with land around the dam are the direct beneficiaries. They are entitled to draw water from the dam for agriculture as well as use the reservoir for fishery. The reservoir also provides water for the village cattle through the year and recharges well water downstream. The beneficiaries signed a formal agreement at the time of the construction not to use the water for irrigation when it drops to a certain level in order to reserve it for the village cattle and to maintain the base flows for the wells downstream during dry summer months. But the water in the dam dried up completely in the summer 2015 causing immense distress as the agreement got violated by some of the beneficiaries. Will a film on the conflict help resolve the predicament?

Laxminarayan Devda is a tribal farmer from a remote village of Pandutalab in Bagli Tehsilis a media practitioner engaging in participatory filmmaking. He has been working with SPS Community Media since 2006, learning and discovering the joy of photography and chronicling people’s voices through short video films that are shared across communities as experiential learning.

Deepak Verma is a graduate from National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad with specialization in Animation Film Design.

Troubled Waters – 2015
Director: Govinda Nepal
Duration: 31min
Country: Nepal
Language: Nealese/English
A severe water crisis is facing Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. In this film, local people and experts try to tackle this growing problem. There are solutions, but the government and the people need to act quickly.
Govinda Nepal has been working in the field for about a decade now. His previous documentaries Jatra Hadigaun Ko and Nomads But Not had won awards in the Seventh Annual International Indigenous Film Festival and Kathmandu Short Film Festival respectively.

Nagar Aur Pani, Fir Wahi Kahani -2015
(Town, Water: Yet another usual story)
Director: Iqbal Hussain and Aajad Singh Khichi
Duration: 35 minutes
Language: Malwi, and Hindi
Country: India

Bagli is a small town in Dewas District in Madhya Pradesh – trailing the severe water scarcity in the summer months, this film is an attempt by local filmmakers to understand the water distribution in their own neighbourhood, while tracing the real cause.

Iqbal Hussain , a youth from Bagli, a bright student, unfortunately had to leave school early on to support his family. He joined Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS) Community Media Programme in 2011 looking for better prospect. At SPS he discovered his passion for making films where he is currently engaged in participatory filmmaking, chronicling people’s voices through short video films and sharing them across communities as experiential learning.
Aajad, a marginal farmer from Bagli, has been part of SPS Media since 2010- joined soon after school, looking for job to support his family as well as his college education. He began as an assistant in the People’s Mobile Cinema team, helping in screening films from village to village while pursuing his college studies. During the monsoon months, when the Mobile Cinema shuts down its open-air screening, Aajad lend helping hand in film productions and gradually was initiated into basic camera and computer work. Today he is a commerce graduate and a full-fledged filmmaker.

Theme: The Sea – Salmon and Corals

There’s a fish at the door – 2015
Director: Louie Batten
Country: United Kingdom
Duration: 2min
Language: Nil

A Fish arrives at the door of a person who is not equipped to help him, or is he?
Louie Batten is a student of animation at University for the Creative Arts Farnham

The Return of the Salmon – 2015
Director: Tim Plowden
Country: USA
Time: 8 min
Language: English
The theme of The Return of the Salmon is the final stage of the Salmon’s lifelong odyssey. The Salmon’s single-mindedness and determination is the driving force of the story. This short nature documentary zooms in on Salmon as they deal with challenges during their migration to their natal rivers in the vast Alaskan wilderness. What unfolds gives an insight to the key role of Salmon in their environment and reflects the cyclical nature of life.
Award of Merit, IndeFest Film Awards. 2015
Winner 2015, Best Alaskan Film, Alaska Film Awards

Videographer and photographer Tim Plowden, comes from the British Isles and has travelled far and wide to photograph wildlife. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, books and been featured in exhibitions.

The Pristine Coast – 2015
Director: Scott Renyard
Country: Canada
Duration: 110 min
Language: English

While making a film about the impacts of open net pen fish farms on wild pacific Salmon, film maker Scott Renyard discovers the impacts are much broader and include many, if not all, fin fish. Crashes of fish populations in the North Pacific and Atlantic oceans in the mid to late 1980’s have resulted in catastrophic cascades that have impaired the biological pumps in the oceans. This, in turn, makes open net pen fish farming a very important part of the climate change puzzle and perhaps a major cause of ocean acidification and the release of carbon dioxide from the oceans into the atmosphere.

Best use of wildlife and natural history footage, Focal International awards, 2015

Reaching Blue – 2015
Director: Ian Hinkle
Country: Canada/ United States
Duration: 45min
Language: English

Reaching Blue is the story of a coastal way of life under threat, where hope is found in stories of our past while facing the challenges of the future. A film from the Salish Sea: a writer, an oyster farmer, an ocean scientist see the impacts of climate change first hand. Fifteen cinematographers contribute imagery from deep-sea submarines, advanced ocean research vessels and drone cameras to expose the changes the coastal waters face and its connection to the oceans.

Ian Hinkle is a communications specialist and documentary filmmaker currently based in Victoria, Canada. He has been chasing essential stories globally since 1992, with a focus on expanding awareness about socially and politically important issues. From his directorial debut The Living Coast and Long Road North, he is a veteran of numerous award-winning broadcast and media projects worldwide.

Fragile Waters – 2015
Director: Rick Wood and Shari Macy
Country: USA / Canada
Duration: 51 min
Language: English

One of the most endangered populations of orca whales are on the brink of extinction. Fragile Waters tells the stories of those fighting to save them, and their environment. It also tries to raise awareness for the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales and their equally endangered prey source: Chinook Salmon. Through interviews with the world’s leading scientific experts researching Southern Resident Killer Whales, Native tribal leaders, and environmentalists, the film is a cautionary tale of a damaged Eco system and a small band of heroes trying to save it. Wild orcas, sea otters, seals and other animals who share the Salish Sea are captured in stunning video scenes, both above and below the water. There is hope…but time is running out.

Rick Wood is an award-winning newspaper journalist, author and filmmaker, whose previous documentaries focused on sea turtles and manatees. He has previously worked on Fly, Colt, Fly (production coordinator) and Journey Home (director). His first book, “Nature Aware,” has been on the Amazon Bestsellers list several times.

Shari Macy has been an on-camera reporter for Northwest Indian News for four years, reporting on environmental and modern anthropological stories. Most recently, she co-directed, filmed, audio-mixed, and edited the documentary Fragile Waters, along with Rick Wood, Director’s Statement

The Shuswap traditional territory encompasses a large portion of modern day British Columbia, Canada. Through her culture, she learned from an early age that stewardship of the land and waters was sacred. Through film, underwater photography and traditional First Nation crafts taught to her by her grandmother and mother, she dedicates her life to raising awareness and promoting action for a more sustainable planet.
“Our endgame is to inspire action and showcase hope. These issues aren’t unsolvable, but the window of opportunity to actually save them is getting smaller, day-by-day.”

Angel Azul – 2015
Director: Marcelina Cravat
Duration: 72 min
Country: USA
Langauge: English

Angel Azul explores the artistic journey of Jason deCaires Taylor, an innovative artist who combines creativity with an important environmental solution; the creation of artificial coral reefs from statues he’s cast from live models. When algae overtakes the reefs however, experts provide the facts about the perilous situation coral reefs currently face and solutions necessary to save them. Peter Coyote generously provides insightful narration that leaves viewers pondering our connection to this valuable and beautiful ecosystem.

Best Cinematography, Bel-Air Film Festival 2014
Best Documentary, Breckenridge Film Festival 2014
Best Documentary ECOUP film Festival 2015
Winner, Grand Prize- Best Documentary Julien Dubuque Film Festival 2015
Winner best Special Focused doc, La Femme Film Festival 2015

Award winning Director Marcelina (Marcy) Cravat trained at Art Centre College of Design and The Berkeley Digital Film Institute. She is currently directing her third documentary, Dirt Rich which focuses on returning carbon to the soil to reverse the effects of runaway global warming. Her passion and concern for the environment makes environmental filmmaking the best opportunity for her to contribute at this time.

Secrets of the Kimberly – 2015
Director: Trevor Almeida
Duration: 35 min
Country: Australia
Language: English

The Kimberley, Australia is one of the most ecologically diverse areas of the world. Its marine ecosystems are amongst the world’s most pristine. At 424500 square kilometres the Kimberley is bigger than Italy or Germany and it has over 3000 uninhabited islands. This documentary takes you on an expedition into this remote region with a team of scientists and an artist. What they find redefines their values and how they view the natural world. It showcases one of the last great wilderness areas through incredible wildlife- big and small.

Trevor Almeida has been producing films, video and interactive media for over 18 years. His past documentary commissions include Western Australia’s Marine Environment, Carbon Dioxide and Our Coral Reefs. In 2010 his independent film My Home the Block was selected for the F4 program at the AIDC and has screened on the cable network through NITV. He worked as an editor for 100 meter films in Japan on their award winning feature film Firefly Dreams. He currently runs Geonewmedia, a production company focusing on science, innovation and technology digital media.

River Blue – 2015
Director: David McIlvride
Duration:60 min
Country: Canada
Language: English

River Blue chronicles an unprecedented, three years around the-world river adventure that follows paddler and renowned river conservationist, Mark Angelo, as he travels down some of the world’s greatest rivers, as well as some of the most polluted. In the midst of an amazing journey, he and his crew uncover the dark side of the global fashion industry. The dumping of toxic chemical waste from the manufacturing of our clothing, by some of our favourite brands, who are the world’s most massive polluting problems, and it has flown largely under the radar, until now.

David McIlvride is a Gemini Award-winning Director who has written, directed and produced some of the most respected documentary series’ on television for broadcasters such as Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel and History Channel. A passionate storyteller, David has traveled the globe in order to tell the stories of people who normally would not have access to a global audience.

Children of the Tsunami – 2015
Director: Dan Reed
Country: UK
Duration: 60m
Language: Japanese and English

On March 11th 2011 Japan was hit by the greatest tsunami in a thousand years. Through compelling testimony from 7-10 year-old survivors, this film reveals how the deadly wave and the Fukushima nuclear accident have changed children’s lives forever.The story unfolds at two key locations: a primary school where 74 children were killed by the tsunami; and a school close to the Fukushima nuclear plant, attended by children evacuated from the nuclear exclusion zone.

Dan Reed is a director and producer, known for Closure (2007), Terror in Mumbai (2009) and The Valley (2000).

Escaping the Flood/ Het water komt – 2015
Director: Frans Bromet
Country: The Netherlands
Duration: 50 min
Language: Dutch

For over 40 years filmmaker Frans Bromet and his wife Anita are living in the North of Holland in a small and beautiful village called Ilpendam. It’s a quiet village surrounded by water. Also the production company of Bromet is here. The children of Bromet are born and raised there and also his five grandchildren are growing up there. For Bromet the headlines in the news about the climate change and disaster scenario’s are very disturbing. Surrounded water, the village Ilpendam, where Bromet lives comfortably, is in great danger of disappearing under the sea. In this documentary Frans takes his camera and goes on a search for answers from many different climate experts and other experts in this area as much as possible information. The family Bromet goes on the search to a future dry accommodation in the higher part of the Netherlands in Drenthe. The children of Bromet don’t want to leave their birth place. It is going to be tough for the family to make a joint decision.

Director: Frans Bromet studied at the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam. During his studies he founded together with Jan de Bont, Rene Daalder, Rem Koolhaas and Kees Meyering film group 1,2,3. Started as a cameraman include films like Ciske de Rat and Hoping for the best. He later switched to making documentaries in which he acts as interviewer behind the camera.

A State of Emergency – 2015
Director: Casey Acaster
Duration:12 min
Country: USA
Language: English
A State of Emergency is a short documentary that discusses the drought in California, particularly how the water shortages are affecting Southern California farmers, local relationships with policy-makers, and the environment. Through interviews and verite scenes with a local Ventura county farmer, The California Secretary of Natural Resources, and an environmental activist from The Surfrider Foundation, this film delves into a deeper understanding of how the drought is affecting Californian’s on a personal level, and how they plan to address the drought as it comes closer to a point of no return.
With an inclination for environmental advocacy, Casey Acaster creates documentary film on those lines.

Shored Up – 2015
Director: Ben Kalina
Duration: 84min
Country: USA
Language: English

When superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast it was a wake-up call to a new reality. Shored up takes us to the heart of this climate change controversy, following communities in New Jersey and North Carolina where politics, economics and Science collide. Beginning three years before Sandy hit and following the debates over beach replenishment and other attempts to hold back the sea, Shored up is a convincing call for action along the coasts of the USA. As the oceans rise and storms flood towns and cities, we have a choice to make: Do we continue development despite the risks, or do we heed scientific warnings…before it is too late.

Ben Kalina is a film director and producer whose work focuses on the intersection of science, culture and the environment. He directs and produces original documentaries, narrative shorts and cross-media projects as well as client-driven video productions. Ben has worked for years with Niijii Films on the documentaries Two Square Miles and A Sea Change, two award-winning films which have been successfully deployed for environmental justice and education, and both of which have been nationally broadcast in the U.S. His most recent project is Shored Up, which explores the Army Corps’ controversial and ongoing beach replenishment project along the New Jersey Shore. In addition to his documentary work Ben has won several international awards for his short narrative film Diorama.

Ecocide: Voices from Paradise
Director: Juliet Brown
Duration: 58 min
Country: UK
Language: English

The residents of Grand Isle, the inhabited island off the coast of Louisiana, thought they were living in paradise until the 2010 BP oil spill hit their shores. Taking a look inside the island community, Juliet Brown reveals the devastating repercussions of the worst man-made environmental disaster in US history and explores whether the excessive use of chemical dispersants has meant to clean up effort has been more destructive to human health than the spill itself. The film gives a voice to a marginalized community living at the accident’s Ground Zero, where the oil first washed ashore.

Juliet Brown, Camera man, director and producer of independent documentary films with an experience of multiple cultures growing up has made her inclined towards developing ethnographic films. With interest in learning traditional skills and the need to collect video oral history along the coast of USA had led to a project that was awarded a National Endowment of the Arts scholarship. With a Masters in Arts in Documentary Direction from the National Film & Television School in the UK her graduation film Noah’s Canoe, a coming of age transgender story set in Maine’s north woods, was short-listed for the Royal Television Society’s Post-Graduate Factual Award. Ecocide had its world premiere at Sheffield Doc Fest in the Green Award Category and London Premiere at open City Docs in the Best UK Doc category. Presently Juliet is a freelancer based in South Kilburn Studios, training and mentoring young filmmakers.

Black Ice – 2015
Director: Marrten van Rouvery
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 53 mins
Language: English

When Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise set sail to protest the first ever oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, none of the people on board could have known what was coming. Seized at gunpoint by Russian Special Forces, the Arctic 30 were thrust into headlines all over the world.

Honourable mention, wild and Scenic Festival-Nevada City 2014.

Maarten van Rouveroy is a documentary film maker, cameraman and editor. Having graduated as a marine biologist and cinematographer, his main interests lie in the natural world, the environment and film making. He is currently employed as the head of video production at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam. Together with a small team of producers, he is responsible for producing, shooting and editing a wide spectrum of productions ranging from news to short form documentaries and creative web videos. Next to his work at Greenpeace, Maarten has also produced and shot a number of documentary films on a range of environmental, political and social issues, including Rijssen’s Silent War about the tension and parallels between orthodox Christians and Muslims in the Dutch village of Rijssen.

Oil and Water – 2015
Director: Laurel Spellman Smith and Francine Strickwerda
Duration: 78 m
Country: USA/ Ecuador
Language: English
Oil and Water is the true story of two boys coming of age as they each confront one of the world’s worst toxic disasters. Hugo and David were born on opposite ends of the oil pipeline. Hugo comes to America to fight for the survival of his Cofan tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon, while David goes to Ecuador to launch the world’s first company to certify oil as “fair trade.” Their journeys lead them to explore what could be a more just future, not just for the Cofan, but for all people around the world born with oil beneath their feet.

Green Planet award, Grand Prize, Rhode island International Film Festival
Winner: Jury and Audience Awards – best documentary – Northampton International Film Festival
Winner: Grand Prize – best documentary- Audience Award at Rhode Island International Film Festival
Laurel Spellman Smith is a two-time regional Emmy Award-winning producer of national and local programs for PBS including The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and the documentary Faith & Fear: The Children of Krishna. She became an independent producer in 2003 and in addition to Oil & Water she co-directed and produced the women’s health documentary Busting Out which aired on Showtime and the Iraq War documentary The Corporal’s Diary, seen on PBS stations, Al Jazeera English and Link TV. She is also a fan of other people’s films and is an annual juror for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

Francine Strickwerda is an award-winning director, writer and producer of documentary films and Web sites. She co-directed the feature film Oil & Water for PBS, as well as Busting Out, a feature documentary about the history and politics of America’s obsession with the female breast, which aired on Showtime. She produced and executive edited national PBS Web sites including Don’t Buy It, Videogame Revolution and Exploring Space, and was a senior producer at HealthTalk.com. She currently runs Hullabaloo, a Seattle production company with her husband.

Hyrdo: The Film – 2015
Director: Xavi Tello
Country: Spain
Duration: 66min
Language: English

In Collaboration with the Creative Commons, the works and footage of 56 filmmakers and 16 musicians give us a non-verbal adaptation of Odyssey using the world underwater. The diver and filmmaker Xavi Tello wanted to create an underwater non verbal film, with music and material available on the web.

Experimental Remi Award at 48th Houston World Fest 2015
Best Kids Feature .Queen City Film Fest 2015

Xavi Tello is currently working as a visual advisor and editor of ‘Second World War Series’ for Pacific Media .He has been making videos and music under Creative Commons licenses since 2004.

Panel Discussions

Thursday, November 24, 2016: 10.30 a.m. at Gandhi Bhavan, Bengaluru

Panel I : Drying Riverbeds and Lakes: Our Living Histories

Leo Saldanha, Environment Support Group: The Ecology of Water
Shri V. Balasubramaniam, IAS: Restoration of Water Sources in Karnataka

Moderator: Dr. Kshithij Urs, Campaign against Privatisation of Water

Special guests:
Dr. H. Srinivasiah, Chairman, Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi,
Prof. G.B. Shivaraju, Hon.Secretary, Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi

Saturday, November 26, 2016 – 03.30 p.m. at Gandhi Bhavan, Bengaluru

Panel II: Protecting Water for Posterity

Anasuyamma, Farmers rights activist: Water Initiatives and Farmers
Prof. T.V. Ramachandra, Centre for Ecological Sciences: : Policy Directions
H.S. Doreswamy , Gandhian and land rights activist: For a People Friendly Water Policy

Moderator: Anasuya Byndoor, Swaraj Sanghatane

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    The 9th International Traveling Film Festival on Water 2014 was inaugurated by the well acclaimed and multi award winning Film Director and Actor Shree T.S. Nagabharana along with other film directors and dignitaries with a humble floating of the lamp ceremony.

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    Film director and committee chairman T S Nagabharna said during the press conference that the committee had received 200 films from 48 countries, of which 90 films from 38 countries would be screened at the festival.

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    1st International Film Festival on Water  – 2005   2nd International Film Festival on Water  – 2007 3rd International Film Festival on Water  – 2008    

The 9th International Travelling Film Festival


A Community outreach event on water in everyday life



genericlogo2014We have successfully completed 9 editions of Voices from the Waters International Film Festival/conferences in multiple venues in Bangalore. Due to its growing popularity, in year 2014 we had already received 200 films from 48 countries. More and more documentary film makers focus their creativity on water. We had screened at the festival the very best of them, about 90 aesthetically crafted works – all of them, highly watch worthy.

The venue of the festival was the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) at Bangalore India, which had a beautiful ambiance and plenty of parking space. At the colorful Inauguration studded with cultural events like dance performances, water songs and so on, prominent people working on water issues from across the country were present along with film directors and water activists with whom the crowds interacted with. Also there were Photography and Painting Exhibitions, Eco bazaars and Organic food courts to keep delegates busy with.

Going through a phase of uncertain climatic conditions of unseasonal gale and storm, heat wave and cold wave, melting Antarctica and rising seas gobbling up the landmass, increasing desertification and so on, The 2014 festival offered a glimpse into all these and more – the struggle, the hopes and despair, the success stories…

The festival also brought to the crowds the quintessential yearning of the humans – to be integrated into nature… They came and were part of it to imagine a new world. Thank you Festival 2014.

Festival Venue: National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) Bangalore, Palace Road, Vasanth Nagar Bangalore.

The Report of the Festival 2014

Bangalore Film Society (BFS) and Deep Focus Cinema in collaboration with Rolling Frames Film Society and BirdSpots – Bird Habitat Observers – organised the 9th edition of Voices from the Waters International Traveling Film Festival on Water at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore. This film festival is a community outreach event on water in everyday life addressing the most urgent issues of our times –water for house hold needs, agriculture and industry. As a curtain raiser to the event, BFS along with Cobalt BLR, a supporting partner of the festival organized film screenings and discussions on water themes every Tuesday starting from the 5th of August to 9th September 2014 at Cobalt BLR. These films were specially selected from the archives of Bangalore Film Society.

The focus of the festival was on Water Scarcity, The Dams and the Displaced,  Water Harvesting/Conservation,  Water Struggles/Conflicts,  Floods and Droughts, Global Warming and Climate Change, Impact of Deforestation on Water-Bodies, Water, Sanitation and Health,  River Pollution, The Holistic Revival of Water Bodies,  Water and Life and many other interesting takes on water. This year the festival received over 400 entries (documentary, animation video art and short) from 48 countries out of which 95 films from 38 countries were selected for the festival which deals with very pertinent issues of water worldwide as well as aesthetically crafted works – all of them  a must watch. The significance of this festival is that it is bringing together a worldwide movement to restore water to its pristine glory. The number of entries we received this year is an indication of more and more documentary film makers investing their creativity to document issues surrounding water.

The festival was inaugurated by internationally acclaimed Kannada film and theatre director T. S Nagabharana, who during his stint as the Chairman of the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy from 2009 to 2011 popularized this festival organising it in all the district headquarters of Karnataka. The inaugural film of the festival was Lady Urmia, directed by Mohammad Ehsani, well known documentary film maker from Iran. The film is a poetic documentary about Lake Urmia, in northwest Iran, which is drying up. The documentary is narrated in the voice of the Lake itself, who is seeking help to regenerate herself to the splendor and majesty she once was. Located between the Iranian provinces of East and West Azerbaijan, Lake Urmia is the largest lake in the Middle East and the third largest saltwater lake on earth. This film set the tone for the rest of the festival.

One of the major themes of the festival over the years has been people’s resistance to the construction of big dams across the world where they are the absolute losers of their livelihood and habitat. This year we screened four films viz, The Dam’ned by Saraswati Kavula, depicting the Adivasi struggle against Polavarm dam which would submerge three hundred villages with a population of approximately two lakh people, The Dammed by Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl on Onkareshwar dam which would displace fifty thousand people apart from Sardar Sarovar dam which has displaced two lakhs people, Damn the Dams by Osman Sissman and Ozlem Sarivildiz from Turkey where the prosperous villagers clash with the police to stop the construction of dams which will deny them water for their farms and livestocks, The Stopage Dam, by Yaser Talebi from Iran portraying the struggles of the people to stop the construction of dams. With the long tradition of protest against mega dams at our own backyard, and the international collection of films against the dams in our archive, one can safely say that not a single dam on earth was built without protest from the displaced people. It is difficult to grasp the ideology and development practices of nation states which consider mega dams as ‘symbols of progress’! We can only hope that the emerging consciousness that dams are not clean energy sources and its negative impact on environment would discourage the governments across the world from constructing them.

Another focus of the festival was life centered around the sea, fishing and sea pollutions, Such as Waveland, by Cade Bursell, USA, A Tale of Shells and Dust, by Alfredo Reis Deus from Portugal, Fisherwomen of the Island, by Shahrazed Pouya – Shirin Vahidi, Iran, Bekendor, by Anastasiya Kharchenko from Ukraine, A Sea Tale, by Dario Di Viesto from Italy, Sea Gives Sea Takes, by Kishe Caelan Wallace, USA and so on peppered with other thematic focuses mentioned at the beginning.

Voices from the Waters is a travelling Film Festival. Anyone interested to organize the film festival in their respective towns, cities or institutions may contact us. We are happy to share with you that a small organization ‘Nätverkstan’ , Gothenberg, Sweden organized Voices from the Waters Film Festival on 28th and 29th of November 2014 for the second time. Voices from the Waters have travelled to a few countries abroad earlier as well. In India it has travelled mostly in the South.

This is a very important social film festival as at this moment we are going through a phase of uncertain climatic conditions of unseasonal gale and storm, heat wave and cold wave, melting Antarctica and rising seas gobbling up the landmass, increasing desertification and so on. The festival offers you a glimpse into all these and more – the struggle, the hopes and despair, the success stories…

This festival also provides you an insight into a new worldview emerging from the wastelands of development – a paradigm shift for a sustainable ecology is in the offing. The festival brings to you the quintessential yearning of the humans – to be integrated with nature… to imagine a new world.


Voices from the Waters Film Festival organized abroad so far:


September 2012:
Voices from the Waters International Film Festival along with lecture and conference was organized by UN University and Pacific Asia Resource Centre in Tokyo.

October 2012:
The festival was organized by AMASSUNU and Basque Water Agency in Bilbao, Spain

June 2013:
The festival was organized in Leticia, a small town by the Amzon in Columbia by the local govt., administration.

August 2013:
The festival was organized in Gothenberg, Sweden with the support of NATVERKSTAN

November 2014:
The festival was organized in four satellite towns of Gothenberg with photo exhibitions, conferences and lectures on water issues with the support of NATVERKSTAN.

Apart from the above we have been recommending films to various environmental film festivals abroad on request from specific film festivals.

To organize the ‘Voices from the Waters International Film Festival we network with groups working on environmental and water issues across the world.

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