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Let's talk about water

Cinematheque film series puts spotlight on this precious natural resource
Jan 6, 2010
By Samantha Fink

Starting Jan. 9 and running through Jan. 14, the Athena Cinema and Arts for Ohio monthly film series, Cinematheque, is presenting a selection of films focusing on the role water plays in human society and survival. All screenings and events in this special series are free and open to the public.

Twenty films, ranging from short documentaries to full-length foreign pieces, will be screened during the week but all focus on one important topic -- water. The films address issues including human access to water, pollution, flooding, conservation, droughts and water's overall impact on global climate change.

The series includes two special panel discussions with faculty from Ohio University's geography, geology and journalism departments; the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency; and members of the Sunday Creek Watershed Group, a local organization committed to helping preserve the Sunday Creek in the Southeast region on Athens County.

The panel discussion "Water, Community and Action" will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9. The second panel discussion, "Water Management Infrastructure," will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14.

Guest coordinator Linda Lilienfeld, who has dedicated her life to bringing awareness to water issues, programmed the series. Lilienfeld has 30 years of experience researching science and films, and has screened over 300 films about water. She is a member of the steering committee and pre-screening committee for the International Film and Water Event.

One of the films, "Flow," is an award-winning documentary directed by Irena Salina and addresses what experts believe to be one of the biggest issues of the 21st century -- the world water crisis. It focuses on the dwindling fresh water supply and the question, "Can anyone really own water?" The documentary presents people who are trying to create a practical solution to this important problem.

"Apago Y Vamanos," known as "Switch Off" in English and directed by Manel Mayol, centers on the Biobío, one of the longest rivers in Chile, which flows from the Andes to the Pacific Ocean. The river is a main source of power for Endesa, a leading hydroelectric company that is responsible for a large amount of carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change. The film shows expert's opinions on how the operation of the company in the Biobio region is a violation of human rights.

Visit www.athenacinema.com for a complete list of the films and screenings.



Published: Jan 6, 2010 2:06 PM

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