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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Jun 7-11: Film Fest on Water 
"Voices from the Waters 2007, 2nd International Film Festival on Water

7th to 11th June 2007 10am to 8pm at Gurunanak Bhavan, Bangalore.

Arghyam- safe, sustainable water for all, Bangalore Film Society and Films for Freedom, Bangalore in collaboration with Water Journeys- Forum for the Fundamental Right to Water, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca College (FLEFF) and Urban Research Centre are proud to present the second edition of the International Film Festival on Water titled 'Voices from the Waters 2007'.

The festival, while attempting to cast light on the looming global water crisis is a vibrant, colorful celebration of 'water' in all its liquid blue glory. Featuring a stirring selection of full length films, short films, animation and documentaries - from cinema classics of Ray, Sathyu and Kasarvalli to early documentaries of Jahnu Barua and Aribam Shyam Sharma to much-acclaimed and groundbreaking new works from film makers all across the globe, the festival attempts to connect the public with everyday, mundane 'water' as the source of all life, as the platform for civilization and society, as a precious natural gift, as culture and as pure poetry and as a scarce resource increasingly commodified. The festival will also serve as a platform to the voices of grassroots level water activists from Bihar, Kerala, Rajasthan, Bengal and all across the nation who will narrate evocatively, testimonies from lives lived and spent in the name of water. Film-makers, present at the screening of their films will interact with the audience and share their experience. The four days of the film festival and storytelling will culminate with a conference which will allow the general public, film-makers, policy markers and grassroots level activists to interact on a common platform.

The Festival Conferences will focus on water equity and ecological issues. Water Equity will address the issues of how the poor will access safe, potable water for their daily necessities as well as for their livelihood, while ecological issues primarily will focus on management of water resources and sustainability.

Since its conception, the second edition of 'Voices from the Waters' has been generating a lot of national and international interest. We have received over 140 films from 40 countries across the globe for the 2007 edition. We invite you to participate in this celebration of life itself and lend further color, noise and depth to the festival. The festival venue provides you with an opportunity to exhibit/share your publications, films, songs, posters on the water issues. The space for the stalls will be provided free of cost. (on first come, first serve basis)

"If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water"

- Loran Eisley

For more information, please contact:-

Georgekutty A.L.


Tel: 91- 80- 25493705/ 9886213516 Email: bfs@bgl.vsnl. "

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