Two-thirds of our body consists of water; two-thirds of the earth is covered by this fundamental element. Water connects people – whether they drink together, bathe in holy waters, or harness the energy of rivers and oceans. Twenty different sites in ten countries comprise this film. The poisonous blue rivulets of the tanneries in Bangladesh are as much a part of this water cycle as the untouched lakes of British Columbia. Humans have always taken pains to secure the sources of this liquid resource, and now they represent a lasting threat to it as a result of overuse. At the vast construction site that is the Chinese Xiluodu dam, the cycle of life would appear to have momentarily come to a complete standstill.
After Manufactured Landscapes, this current work marks the second collaboration between Jennifer Baichwal and landscape photographer Edward Burtynsky, whose analytical eye for the geometrical, often monumental aspects of natural and man-made water worlds creates a flood of images of breathtaking beauty. A cinematic declaration of love that is also a wake-up call.
by Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky Canada 2013 90’

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