Thursday, March 18, 2010

[screenings/lecture] World Water Day

New bill to penalize those wasting drinking water
-Deccan Herald, Bangalore March 9’10

Privatisation no solution to tackle water shortage in city
- Deccan Herald March 9’10

Water Crisis to worsen in city
- Deccan Herald March 12’10

City is the second highest water waster in country at 50.9% New Delhi top the list at 52.4%
- Deccan Herald March 13’10

While all these questions remain unanswered and new ones add…

The city gets thirstier under the scorching summer sun and the water vendors make fast buck in some instances as much as Rs 1000 for a tank load of water, a consortium of concerned organisations and institutions working on water and environment issues invite you to a panel discussion and film screenings on the use and abuse of water on March 22nd & 23rd 2010 at Ashirvad, 30 St. Mark’s Road Cross, Opp. State Bank of India at 5.45pm.

Programme details

Monday 22nd March, 2010

5.45 pm: Tea
Water Songs by Bhoomi Thayi Balagafollowed by Panel discussion: on the use and abuse of water


1. Prof. Stewart Ayash will speak on the Global Use and Abuse of Water. He is a scholar on international health issues, health communication and consumer health issues.
2. Viswanath Srikantaiah will speak on Water through the Ages in India. Vishwanath is a well known water activist from Bangalore who is deeply committed to water conservation and rain water harvesting. He is the founder of Rainwater Club Bangalore.

6.45 pm:

Water and a City – directed by Swati Dandekar

How much water does a person need? Who ensures that this need is met? Is there enough water for everybody?
With growing urbanisation across India, many towns and cities are crying for more water. How much of the perceived shortage of water is due to a lack of resources, and how much due to lack of awareness and poor management?
Located in Bangalore, India’s IT capital, the film traces the journey of water into and out of urban homes. Along this journey, it looks at access to water for the poor, the politics of water pricing, urban India’s continuous exploitation of natural resources, and explores possible alternatives for a sustainable water future.

7.30 pm:

Living on the Edge
– directed by Raseena Sherif and Anu Priya

Global warming, though proceeding at an alarming rate, is still met with complacency by many Bangaloreans. People seem to believe that we are neither responsible for the phenomenon, nor will we be affected by it. Living on the Edge takes a closer look at the city's contribution to the global issue, and throws a few uncomfortable facts about the future at its viewers.

Professor Patricia Zimmerman
will lead the discussion on the Film. Prof. Zimmerman from Ithaca College USA is a scholar on cinema, photography and media arts and the co-director of Finger lake environmental film festival.

Mr. Leo Saldana, of Environment Support Group and environmental justice campaigner will lead the discussion.

Tuesday 23rd March, 2010

6.00 pm:

Publos Unidos: Swineflu Ground Zero in Mexico- directed by Felipe Casanova and Miguel Angel Tiaz

In 1994, with the consent of the then Governor of Veracruz, the US transnational industrial pig farming company, Carroll Farms started operating in the valleys of Cofre de Perote in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. The farmers of the region thought that the company was going to bring them benefits by creating jobs but they soon became disillusioned and realized: industrial pig farms don’t bring benefits to the communities rather they contaminate the air, land and water. The farmers began to express their anger; they got organized and began to protest. In complicity with the company, the Mexican government fabricated legal claims against five members of the La Gloria community. With time, the farmers had reason for their anger: in 2009, the terrible epidemic of swine flu began in La Gloria and has now spread and threatened the entire world.

From Big Easy to Big Empty- directed by Greg Palaston

August 29th 2006 marked the one year anniversary of the devastation in New Orleans caused by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This Special Greg Palast Report brings you exclusive footage and the stories you won't hear on the other networks -- the hidden political agendas and the suppressed eyewitness reports.
In this half-hour film, Greg Palast and his team travel to New Orleans to investigate what has happened since Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. He examines why residents had to leave, what really caused the flood and why they aren't returning.
On August 22, 2006, reporter Greg Palast and producer Matt Pascarella were charged with criminal violations of the anti-terror laws by the Department of Homeland Security while making Big Easy to Big Empty. And there is no doubt, this film is dangerous - to the regime of Washington.
Here is the real story of Hurricane Katrina you won't get on CNN. You'll follow investigative reporter Palast ("a cross between Sam Spade and Sherlock Holmes" - Jim Hightower) as he travels to New Orleans to investigate what has happened since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. On his visit, Palast discovers the population of New Orleans is minuscule, the reconstruction sparse, suicide rates climbing, and that many citizens have not, nor do they even know how to return to the city that care forgot.

Discussions with Prof. Patricia and Prof. Stewart

Organised by Bangalore Film Society, Bhoomi Network, Era Organic, Voices from the Waters, Environment Support Group (Environmental, Social Justice and Governance Initiatives). Suchitra Film Society, Rainwater Club and Samvada

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