(The Humanitarian Social Network)
I am looking for information on good documentaries on the topic of water. I have Googled a few, but want to look to the crowd of students and educators for any personal favorites.
Tom, "FLOW" is definitely the most cited of the water documentaries out there.
I am a part of a small NGO that conducts water projects at schools in South Africa and Uganda. We put together a "documentary" to briefly detail the world water crisis and introduce our work to prospective donors and volunteers (www.aspringofhope.org/documentary.html) You may be interested in our short film for educational purposes, or if you are looking to familiarize an audience with one of the NGOs out there doing water work.
I remember this one about water http://player.vimeo.com/video/20237817 It has been a while since I watched it so I don't remember the details, but back then I found it very helpful in understanding the importance of access to clean drinking water.
I have several participatory videos instead of documentaries to recommend you. Done by those who know best about their water problems. Enjoy listening to them!
Waiting for Water: When people living near the small tea estate in Inanda, South Africa, saw water pipes being laid in October 2004, they were overjoyed. Standpipes would soon be spouting water, they were told…but they waited in vain. Three years later, Inanda residents planned, directed and filmed 'Waiting for Water' as a local lobbying tool...and the impacts were immediate. http://insightshare.org/watch/video/waiting-water
Water Calls Water: During a participatory video project in Sonora, Mexico, a group of Yaqui consulted their community elders to document how their local climate has changed and discovered that "water calls water": after a dam was build in the mountains, the Yaqui river dried up and rains stopped coming. As a result, the Yaqui are suffering from very long and severe droughts making it impossible for them to cultivate their fields with their native crops. http://insightshare.org/watch/video/water-calls-water
Climate Change in Dumba Village: In Dumba village, the seasons have changed beyond recognition. When rains are meant to come, villagers are facing drought, when harvest traditionally used to occur, floods from the river nearby sweep everything away. People are resorting to traditional foods, migration, old and new crop varieties and community support to survive. This film was made as part of a Monitoring and Evaluation exercise using Participatory Video to look at adaptation to climate change in Malawi. http://insightshare.org/watch/video/dumba-malawi