True Story, episode 11: Living Water

11. 8. 2021

Author: Veronika Zýková

The second season of True Story series, featuring interviews with filmmakers about their new documentaries and current topics, is here! We open with Nicole J. Adelman talking to director Pavel Borecký about his film Living Water. The films tells the story of power, exploitation and changing ecological circumstances in one of the most water-poor countries in the world. Living Water had an international premiere at Visions du Réel and was screened at Ji.hlava IDFF, CPH:DOX, AFO and Dokufest. You can enjoy the interview in both audio and video format.

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The vibration of machines echoes across the desert. Ever since Jordanian nomads settled in the spectacular landscape of Wadi Rum, they grew dependent on complex water infrastructure. The source is right below their feet, yet they struggle to meet basic needs. In the meantime, deep water extraction feeds private large-scale farms, animates visionary development and secures growing urban population. Bedouins, farmers and city dwellers: they all expect to have a fair share, but digging for “blue gold” unleashes environmental timebomb.

Pavel Borecký (Prague, 1986) is a social anthropologist, audiovisual ethnographer and film curator. Pavel’s latest films Solaris (2015) and In the Devil's Garden (2018) focused on the consumption culture in Estonia and the question of decolonisation in the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. Living Water is his first feature documentary film.

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