By Suzanne Forcese
Water Docs is sharing their water passion with audiences. Protecting water—is the contagion that the Water Docs Film Festival is aiming to activate by making these films available to everyone online. The event is being kicked off with this year’s Water Warrior Award Winning Film, WATSON. WATERTODAY’s exclusive interview with Captain Paul Watson is here (https://www.watertoday.ca/ts-oceans-paul-watson-and-sea-shepherd-marine-wildlife-society-featured-in-award-winning-film.asp)
“Water Docs is more than a film festival,” Founder Stan Gibson told WATERTODAY. It’s an awakening to the deep, innate human responsibility to protect the earth’s most powerful resource. As the world shut down due to the pandemic earlier this year, in the quiet stillness, a chorus of voices around the world echoed the need to take action for our planet, to NOT allow things to return to ‘normal’ – a normal that history has shown is not sustainable. Our goal is to make waves for generations to come by inspiring and motivating Water Docs attendees to harness their own love of water, their memories and connectedness to water; to enjoy beautiful water films, engage in deep and spirited conversation with us, and to become agents of positive change.”
While Water Docs is mounting this 9th edition, plans are now underway for the 10th anniversary which is slated for March 2021 – intersecting and coinciding with World Water Day. “So all of our learning and prep to transition to a digital festival is timely in that it appears we will still be dealing with the pandemic to some degree by early 2021,” Patricia Garcia (Water Docs Publicity) told us in an email.
Here is a glimpse of some the Feature Films that are high lighting the Festival:Watson
/Lesley Chilcott/Canadian Premiere Presented in partnership with the University of Toronto Student Chapter of the Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA) featuring spectacular underwater nature, Watson paints a portrait of marine-life activist Paul Watson, willing to put his ow life at risk in a relentless quest to protect the oceans and the marine life within.
Trailer https://vimeo.com/390822337The Condor & The Eagle
/ Sophie and Clement Guerra/ Four Indigenous leaders embark on an extraordinary trans-continental adventure from the Canadian Boreal forests to deep into the heart of the Amazonian jungle to unite the peoples of North and South America and deepen the meaning of “climate justice”.
Trailer https://vimeo.com/388662489Little Yellow Boots
/ John Webster/ Canadian Premiere. A cinematic letter to a future great-grandchild that weaves together a story of family, personal loss, and the positive difference each of us can make in the world.
In addition there are many short films and shorts making their Canadian premiere. You can check it out at waterdocs.ca