This feature documentary from award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky marks their second collaboration after 2006’s Manufactured Landscapes. The film illuminates our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world—the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka. We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where 30 million people gather at the same time for a sacred bath in the Ganges. We speak with scientists who drill ice cores two kilometres deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet, and explore the sublime pristine watershed of Northern British Columbia.
Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives tailor-made for the big screen, this boldly cinematic film shows the magnitude of our need and use of the world’s most precious resource.