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Friday, June 6, 2008

About Water: People and Yellow Jugs

posted by on June 6 at 12:03 PM

The Austrian documentary About Water (Über Wasser: Menschen und gelbe Kanister), deftly mimics global travel as it documents three societies whose survival is tightly bound to water. The camera acts as impartial witness; the film refrains from narration or obvious directorial nudges. Even the soundtrack is minimal and stays out of the way, respecting the drumming of a rainstorm, the gurgle of a river lapping its bank, the soft splash of a woman washing her children.
We watch as farmers in Bangladesh survive monsoon season on the banks of an unpredictably rising river; as residents of Aralsk, Kazakhstan, a former port town from which the sea has receded, grapple with livelihoods in the absence of industry; and as a restaurateur in a Nairobi slum relies completely on water from a few unreliable spigots owned by others. The themes are evident and poignant.

About Water plays again on Saturday at 4 pm at Pacific Place.

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Posted by Mr. Poe | June 6, 2008 12:12 PM

I've heard it's quite pretty, actually, Mr. Poe.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 6, 2008 12:33 PM

Oh, lemme guess. Phorcys told you?

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 6, 2008 12:35 PM

Yeah, skip it, Poe. There's no sex at all.

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | June 6, 2008 12:47 PM

I hate sex scenes.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 6, 2008 1:00 PM

Smart guys. Wait until water is as expensive as gas.

Posted by Vince | June 6, 2008 1:52 PM

@4 - if you want sex, see La France (she looks kind of boyish) or Mermaid. Mermaid was great, La France wasn't.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 6, 2008 2:40 PM

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