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Film Description

Film Description



Following the tremendous success of her 2006 documentary Manufactured Landscapes, critically acclaimed and award-winning Canadian filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal (Payback, Act of God) reunites with celebrated landscape photographer Edward Burtynsky for Watermark, a visually arresting and enlightening film documenting our engineered manipulation of water, and the far-reaching repercussions of abusing this valuable resource.

Burtynsky’s breathtaking landscape photography is at the forefront of the film, as Baichwal investigates the role that water plays in cultures and industries in North America, Iceland, Asia and India. From the Ogallala Aquifer’s centre pivot irrigation systems in the US to the chemical water pollution caused by India’s leather-processing industry, Watermark offers a vast exploration of water’s necessity in our global and economic survival while weaving together the various roles it plays in everyday life— and in environmental art.

Transcending the standard notion of what makes an “activist documentary”—as she did with Manufactured Landscapes—Baichwal examines a large portion of these environmental artists and their works which encompass issues of water scarcity, pollution, and commoditization. The result is a stunning, hypnotic, and informative documentary that serves as both a warning and a challenge to the viewer to take action for the well-being of our planet.


"Visually transfixing." - Adam McDowell, National Post

"It's meant to inspire us to think about our relationship with water and how we use it, and in this it succeeds admirably." - Peter Howell, Toronto Star

"Watermark provides deep insight into people whose lives are intrinsically affected by water, both industrially and spiritually. The end result is a film that’s not only visually pleasing but also food for thought. Its contemplative approach will give viewers something to consider and, thankfully, leave it up to them to decide what the film’s message should ultimately be." - Daniel Pratt, exclaim!

Director: Jennifer Baichwal
With: Edward Burtynsky
Year: 2013
Runtime: 91 minutes
Country: Canada
Language: English
Distributor: Mongrel Media

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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