CPH:DOX Review: Living Water

A Bedouin in the Wadi Rum

The Earth is blessed with many raw materials which has allowed us to live our daily lives in an increasingly comfortable fashion. Whether that’s the bronze and iron which sparked human civilisations or the likes of oil and gas which have powered our industry. 71 percent of our planet is covered by water. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s not a finite resource. Global warming and urbanisation are already putting pressure on the supply of freshwater in many parts of the globe.

Jordan is one of the driest places on Earth. Access to drinking water is at a premium given the huge (and growing) refugee population, demand from private businesses and rapidly increasing climate change. As the early nomads who roamed the Wadi Rum knew all too well, water availability is not a simple matter. If things continue as they are then their reserves will run out, sooner rather than later. This issue is tackled in Living Water.

Living Water investigates the conflicts caused by this limited and increasingly precious resource. Money plays a huge role in access and there’s a continuous friction between big business, private city-dwellers and local farmers. Pavel Borecký’s film speaks to those impacted by this scarcity and those trying to discover a solution before time runs out. Set to the backdrop of desert wilderness, Living Water highlights a pressing problem for all of humanity.  

Living Water screens at CPH:DOX.

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