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Water Pressures:

A Documentary

Get Involved In Your Water Future.

Now you can watch the Water Pressures documentary film at cultureunplugged.com. The documentary is featured as part of the Green Unplugged film fest.

Accolade Competition Winner
Indie Fest Award Winner for video for social change.
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Below are some of the things our wonderful Facebook and Twitter community had to say about the documentary.
“I liked the Water Pressures documentary very much. it showed many sides of the importance of water. And only wishing others would apply this to water in our area..and the world. We here in WISCONSIN are really following Idle No More, Wisconsin. Trying to protect the water from contamination form Mining.”
“As an instructor at Sonoma State Univ. here in California, I was fascinated by your film about students and water in India. “
“The documentary is great! I love how it shows the American and India perspective. Our school is in a suburb of Chicago-Riverside, IL, so this is especially meaningful for students.”
“We run a conservation program for underserved high school students in Lake County, IL. The program focuses on water resources, issues, evaluation, etc. I saw this on WTTW a few weeks ago and think it would be very helpful for our students.”
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One of the long term goals of Water Pressures is to partner with college campus worldwide to help spread awareness and inspire action from our world’s future leaders. Screenings of “Water Pressures: A Documentary” followed by discussion sessions with the filmmakers and special guests have been very successful at many of the world’s top educational institutions.

​Our goal is the empower 15-35 year olds to be future water leaders. Through Water Pressures, we encourage them to learn about water issues, take local actions, and document them through short videos and blogs to post on our site. Please work with your local public tv stations to arrange screenings of Water Pressures.

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Water Pressures

The idea for Water Pressures started when producer Ann Feldman was trapped in a taxi cab on the way to the Bangalore, India airport in the middle of the Cauvery River water riot in January 2007.

The water crisis grabbed her attention and Ann went back to India to meet with a leading water center in the Thar Desert. The Jal Bhagirathi Foundation and desert villagers agreed to collaborate with us.

In 2008, we filmed in several villages, learning about water scarcity and traditional water solutions.

In 2008 and 2009, Congresswoman Schakowsky came and spoke at a water forum, and different student groups got involved in water issues. Also Dr. Feldman taught a Water Pressures course at Northwestern University. Archeworks, Sehgal Foundation, Sir Ratan Tata Trust, PepsiCo, IBM and others became partners.

In March, 2010, Northwestern University students and our video crew flew to India to meet villagers and learn about water scarcity firsthand. A Northwestern/Rajasthan Exchange was established with the help of the UNDP.

In 2012, we created the hour-long Water Pressures documentary to showcase how villagers and water experts from water-scarce Rajasthan collaborated with students and faculty from Northwestern University, which sits on the shores of Lake Michigan in Illinois. In 2013, the documentary will air on APT in the U.S., and it will also air in India.

Outreach - Nonprofit Artistic Circles created an educational discussion guide based on student participation from several public screenings of the documentary. We created educational partnerships with Bono's ONE.org, the BEA (Broadcast Education Association) and IBM’s Students for a Smarter Planet.

In order to expand participation, we invite students from around the world to submit videos and blogs about local water issues, which we posted to our website.

Now we ask all of YOU to get involved in your WATER FUTURE –

Watch the documentary, do a local water action, and create a short video and blog to post on our website!