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Watermark

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httpwwwtheguardiancomfilm2014sep04watermark-review-documentary-jennifer-baichwal
I saw this recently

Impressive visually, and stylistically...but also there's much cause for reflection
Water-City-Bristol can perhaps arrange a showing, as we have access to a copy.


"Documentarist Jennifer Baichwal first collaborated with photographer Edward Burtynsky on 2006’s stunning Manufactured Landscapes, which illustrated the visual impact of industrialisation on the Earth’s surface. Here, they’ve turned to the myriad ways water shapes our landscape, and is shaped in turn by man. We approach fountains, stepwells and hydroelectric dams from a helicopter overview that is at times purely thrilling – pulling up from touching distance of the waves to reveal the sprawl of a Chinese seaweed farm – but most often it’s with a critical eye; each fly-by offering pointed observations on what we’re doing with our most precious resource. Cutting between parched mosaics of Mexican soil and California’s artificially maintained greenery makes a subtle point; if water is, as so much dystopian sci-fi predicts, one faultline along which society may rupture, then the cracks are already in evidence. It’s not as focused as its predecessor, but its best sequences rehydrate the mind." The Guardian

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"In the UK, we are slowly making steps—perhaps only baby steps—towards promoting interdisciplinary research. Funders see the value; the public finds it interesting. But there is substantial evidence to suggest that our education system and institutional frameworks aren’t quite yet there. Although not an academic output, it strikes me that Watermark could provide an example for researchers of the future who are contemplating why, as human geographers, they must take physical geography courses. With unparalleled imagery, Burtynsky draws important connections that make us think about water in a different way."
http://blogs.plos.org/attheinterface/2014/10/01/following-water-edward-burtynskys-watermark/

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