International water film festival at UNU in Tokyo


  • 2011•11•30     Tokyo

    Water is the world’s most precious resource. Yet only a tiny fraction (0.003%) of the estimated 1,400 million cubic kilometers of water in the world is “fresh water” that can be used for drinking, sanitation agriculture and industry. Water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century. UN Water now estimates that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, whilst two-thirds of the globe’s population could be under stress.

    From 3 to 4 December 2011, the 2011 International Water Film Festival, held at UNU headquarters in Tokyo, will explore the problems and challenges of global water scarcity. Organized by the Committee for the International Water Film Festival, the festival aims to raise awareness about the role of water in all our lives and the impact of water-related problems on communities, individuals and societies.

    The festival features twenty-one documentary films, categorized into six core themes:

    • Asian development, water and people’s life
    • Privatization and commoditization of water in globalization
    • Nuclear issues and pollution by radiation
    • The relationships between human society and the sea, rivers and forests
    • The idea and practice of “commons” in fishery
    • Water in conflict and occupied territories
    • Community based water use and biodiversity

    Although most of the featured films are in Japanese, several documentaries included in the festival will be shown in English with Japanese subtitles: on Saturday, 3 December, A World Without Water at 17:30 and Tapped at 19:30, and on Sunday, 4 December, Muddy Waters: Life and Death on the Great Barrier Reef and Big River (both at 10:55) and the film Red Gold (at 18:30).

    The festival will be accompanied by a side-event on “Community-Based Water Use and Biodiversity” (conducted in both English and Japanese). This side event will feature several short films produced by UNU as well as guest presentations by John Clammer, Visiting Professor UNU (who will speak on “Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in Satoyama”) and George Kutty Luckose, Secretary of the Bangalore Film Society .

    This side event is free, but the purchase of a ticket is required for films and other programmes. For more details and ticket information, see the organizer’s website (in Japanese).