WATERMARK SOCIAL  f   t   i

Feature Documentary

2013

Colour

100 minutes
Canada
English

+ credits
+ presskit
+ burtynsky-water

 

+ distribution:

canada mongrel media

us eone

international sales agent seville international

australia & new zealand distribution madman entertainment

belgium & the netherlands distribution: cineart

brazil circuito cinearte ltda/cinespaco

china bluemedia times

france wild side films

germany, switzerland, austria wild bunch

hungary mtva hungary

india pictureworks

uk thunderbird releasing

 

WATERMARK
Every living thing requires water. We humans interact with it in a myriad of ways, numerous times a day. But how often do we consider the complexity of that interaction? And, unless confronted by scarcity, when do we meditate on its ubiquity in creating, sustaining and enriching life?

 

Watermark is a feature documentary film that 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. 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, this film 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 year old piece of ice, a pilgrim’s private ritual among thousands of others at the water’s edge.

 

 

Winner Best Canadian Film, Toronto Film Critics Association 2014

Winner Best Documentary, Canadian Screen Awards 2014

Winner Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary 2014 [DGC Award]

←← Official Trailer HD | Watermark

The Making of Watermark

  Where I Stand: Behind the Scenes

                             Edward Burtynsky's Photographic Essay, Water

 

+ Stills from WATERMARK

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