How much water does a person need? Who ensures that this need is met? Is there enough water for everybody? What is our interaction with water? “Water and a City” begins with these fundamental questions about our experience of, and relationship with, water.
Located in Bangalore, India’s IT capital, the film traces the journey of water into and out of urban homes. Along this journey, it looks at access to water for the poor, the politics of water pricing, urban India’s continuous exploitation of natural resources, and explores possible alternatives for a water future that is ecologically sustainable and socially just.
Duration: 52 mins
Language: Kannada & English with English Subtitles
DocMiami – USA – May 2010
Alaska International Film festival – August 2010 (Northern Lights Emerging Talent Award)
Voices from the Waters – India – August 2010
EKOTOPFILM – Slovak Republic – October 2010
Festival of Indian Films – Czech Republic – October 2010
River to River – Italy – December 2010
Tuti Nello Stesso Piatto (Food, Film, and Video Diversity Festival) – Italy – November 2011
CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival – India – December 2011
Swati Dandekar is documentary filmmaker from Bangalore, India, with a special interest in creating visual narratives of the living history around her; of people, places, ideas, traditions, practices, and the continuous process of change. Her most recent work is “Neeli Raag”, a feature length documentary on indigo, the natural dye, and the few surviving craftsmen who still work with it. Her past work is a series of essay films that explore the relationship between place, people, resources and the institutions that govern these. Her film “Water and a City” was widely screened in India and abroad, and is part of the curriculum for courses in water management and development studies. In addition, she has been closely involved with designing media for education. As a founder member of Vikalp Bengaluru, she has been actively screening documentary films and curating festivals in Bangalore city for over ten years.
At present, she teaches film at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore.
Vishwanath is the Director at NIE, Mysore. He is a Secretary-General, International Rainwater Catchment Systems Association and an advisor to Argyam Foundation. He has designed and implemented several rooftop water harvesting structures in Karnataka for residences, institutions, and industries. He is a founder of the Rainwater Club, which has been disseminating information on rainwater harvesting in Bangalore since 1995. He has also worked for the report ‘Conceptual framework for rainwater harvesting for Bangalore city’.