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"Watermark"­ - Photography Documentary Movie at Ken Theater

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Facebook page for movie: Watermark




a feature documentary film

Without water we are nothing, the traveller thought. Even an emperor, denied water, would swiftly turn to dust. Water is the real monarch, and we are all its slaves.

Salman Rushdie

Every living thing requires water. We humans interact with it in a myriad of ways, numerous times a day. But how often do we consider the complexity of that interaction? And, unless confronted by scarcity, when do we meditate on its ubiquity in creating, sustaining and enriching life?

Watermark is a feature documentary film that brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences  of  that  use.  We  see  massive  floating  abalone  farms  off  China’s  Fujian  coast  and  the   construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka.

We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges at the same time. We speak with scientists who drill ice cores two kilometers deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet, and roam the sublime pristine watersheds of Northern British Columbia.

Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element and the scale of its reach, as well as the magnitude of our need and use. This is balanced by forays into the particular: a haunting memory of a stolen river, a mysterious figure  roaming  ancient  rice  terraces,  the  crucial  data  hidden  in  a  million  year  old  piece  of  ice,  a  pilgrim’s   private  ritual  among  thousands  of  others  at  the  water’s  edge.

Watermark is directed by multiple award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and renowned photographer  Edward  Burtynsky,  and  is  the  third  part  of  Burtynsky’s  Water  project,  which  includes  a   book Burtynsky: Water and a major photographic exhibition. Filmed and produced by Nicholas de Pencier and three years in the making, it is a logical  extension  of  the  trio’s  previous  collaboration,   Manufactured Landscapes. In Watermark, the viewer is immersed in a world defined by a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted - until  it’s  gone.

Info and trailer:

Trailer | Burtynsky - Water

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  • Dan C.

    Visually stimulating and a wake up call to those still sleeping late.

    April 23, 2014

  • Richard G.

    true and therefore depressing,but well done....timely for us

    April 23, 2014

  • Roy A.

    Oh yeah...sit way up front center for full immersion effect.

    The after effect is'll want to raise the water table yourself so don't fill up on soda.

    April 22, 2014

  • Roy A.

    The Cinematography in this and the message was very very compelling without being a political piece.
    This is NOT an Al Gore type movie ...much, much, much better on so many levels.

    I could've easily watched another 4 hours of this.

    April 22, 2014

  • Dan C.

    NOTE: I will have tickets for everyone at the reduced price of $9. See me outside wearing the red Meetup t-shirt.

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • Doug V

    Save the Ken!

    1 · April 17, 2014

  • Dee

    It appears the Ken Theatre will close at the end of this month so this seems as though this outing is saying goodbye to the theatre that I showed my first film I made at SDSU. This is the news link:

    Goodbye old high school memories.

    April 16, 2014

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