For those in the Toronto area next week, head down to the National Film Board of Canada’s Mediatheque cinema and catch this year’s Hot Docs 2009 Special Jury Prize winner, Waterlife.
Waterlife tells the story of the last huge supply of fresh water on Earth, the Great Lakes (we’ve blogged about this film before, and you can watch a trailer here).
The Film Board is screening the film August 25-27 and the director, Kevin McMahon, will be there on the last evening.
Waterlife is narrated by Gord Downie, lead vocalist of The Tragically Hip, and features music by Sam Roberts, Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Ros, Robbie Robertson and Brian Eno.
It’s an important film created at an important time. The Great Lakes Basin region is a unique economic, social and cultural community for millions of families, who rely on the Great Lakes Basin for a clean, healthy source of drinking water.
The two provinces (Ontario and Quebec) plus eight U.S. states that make up the Great lakes region are home to 103 million people. If it were taken as a country the Great Lakes regional non-farm economy, at $4.1 trillion GDP, would be ranked as the third largest in the world, after only the United States and Japan.
A movie like this can help remind us not to take such a precious resource for granted. Go see it if you can.