Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cinema Politica: Waterlife

For our third screening this term, Cinema Politica at The University of Winnipeg (a partnership between Gallery 1C03 and the UWSA) is pleased to present the film Waterlife at Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall on Tuesday, February 1 at 7 p.m.

The Great Lakes are changing and something is not quite right with the water.

Waterlife (Canada, 2009) by Kevin McMahon is an NFB film that tells the story of the Great Lakes and the bodies of water that flow into them. The Great Lakes are under attack from toxins, waste, dropping water levels and invasive species, leaving the precious fresh water closer to destruction daily. These great bodies of water contain 20 per cent of the last huge supply of fresh water on Earth. They are on the verge of ecological collapse. Something must be done to save our only fresh water. People must become educated about this important issue.

Filled with fascinating characters and stunning imagery, Waterlife is an epic cinematic poem about the beauty of water and the dangers of taking it for graned.

The film is narrated by The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie and features music by Sam Roberts, Sufian Stevens, Sigur Ros, Robbie Robertson and Brian Eno.

Waterlife was selected for screening by The University of Winnipeg Student Association group EcoPIA and is presented as part of Grass Routes: A Sustainability Festival which takes place on campus January 31 - February 4. A discussion will follow the film facilitated by Dr. Eva Pip of the Department of Biology at The University of Winnipeg.

All screenings are open to everyone and are free. However, we do encourage donations to offset costs. Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall is located on the third floor of Centennial Hall at The University of Winnipeg.

We are grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for their generous support of the Cinema Politica network.

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