NOTES FROM THE FILMMAKERS
Watermark brings together diverse stories from around the globe about 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.
Showing water as a terraforming element and the scale of its reach, the film uses images, both beautiful and haunting, to create a compelling global portrait that illustrates humanity’s past, present, and future relationship with the natural world.
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 U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges at the same time.
We speak with scientists who drill ice cores two kilometers deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet and roam the sublime pristine watersheds of Northern British Columbia.
Shot in stunning 5K ultra-high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, Watermark shows water as a terraforming element and the scale of its reach, as well as the magnitude of our need and use. This is balanced by forays into the particular: a haunting memory of a stolen river, a mysterious figure roaming ancient rice terraces, the crucial data hidden in a million.
About the Filmmakers
From the team behind the award winning film Manufactured Landscapes – Filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and renowned Photographer Edward Burtynsky. Find out more about the film at watchwatermarkmovie.com.
“Always arresting and sometimes troubling, “Watermark” — aside from the odd comment here and there — neither lectures nor argues. Moving serenely from inscrutable tight shots to wide-scale aerial vistas, the film can be frustratingly oblique…” – Jeannette Catsoulisapril. New York Times. That Bend in the River Might be Manufactured. 3 Apr 2013
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