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Welcome to Week 2 of the Film Festival

Dear Friends,

It is such an honour to be your host and to introduce you to Week Two the 2020 Let's Talk About Water Film Festival - brought to you by the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan and now streaming online through our Virtual Theatre. 

This week, we are featuring an absolute stunner courtesy of National Geographic Documentary Films called Into the Okavango, which chronicles a team of modern-day explorers on their first epic four-month, 1,500-mile expedition across three African countries to save the river system that feeds the Okavango Delta. 

We are also showing an early selection from the International Water Film Prize from Brazil called Do Your Part and an entry for the Youth Prize from Canada called Chain Reactions that was created by a grade six student from Saskatoon. We will be presenting the complete short list of all International Film and Youth Prize submissions in two weeks time, so stay tuned for our Viewer's Choice voting online.

The feature last week was from the PBS documentary series called H2O: The Molecule that Made Us along with two selected International Film Prize submissions - Life Without Guarantee (Uzbekistan) and Aman Iman: Water is Life (Algeria). I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did, and don't worry if you haven't had a chance to see them yet because our entire program will be available until the end of June, and of course - free of charge! 

And don't forget, you still have one day to submit your two-minute short film for the Water Film Prize - the deadline is May 29! 

I'll see you all in the Virtual Theatre, and I'll be back next week to announce the third week of programming. I can't wait! 


Linda Lilienfeld

Founding Director of Let's Talk About Water



The Okavango River Basin provides a vital source of water to about 1 million people, the world’s largest population of African elephants and significant populations of lions, cheetahs and hundreds of species of birds. However, this once unspoiled oasis is now under siege due to increasing pressure from human activity. From National Geographic Documentary Films, Into the Okavango chronicles a team of modern-day explorers on their first epic four-month, 1,500-mile expedition across three countries to save the river system that feeds the Okavango Delta, one of our planet’s last wetland wildernesses.

(running time = 133:53 ) 
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This week's featured submission for the International Water Film Prize 

Do Your Part (Brazil) directed by Mario Ramon Barros Leite
An attempt to convince those watching to be more rational when using the water, and make their respective parts to make the world better.

This week's featured submission for the Youth Prize

Chain Reactions by Ellen Michel (grade six) 
Greystone Heights School, Saskatoon, Canada

Teacher: Aaron Hansen 
Imagine looking at a river from the sky and then seeing the sea creatures under the water. Now imagine buying a box of cookies, imported from across the world, and packaged and manufactured in a factory, with the pollution pouring straight into that same river. Now imagine ducks looking for food, but that same pollution killing the fish on the other side of the river. Now, how long do you think it will take for the ducks to find good food?
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