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Carbon For Water

Title (Spanish): Carbon For Water
Title (English): Carbon For Water
Country of Origin: USA
Year of Completion: 2011
Duration: 21 minutes
Format: DVD
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish

Thursday 09/06/2012 -- 4:00 PM Friday 09/07/2012 -- 7:00 PM Saturday 09/08/2012 -- 9:30 AM

Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU)
Santo Domingo

Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes

Biblioteca Nazario Rize-Badia Llabaly
San Francisco de Macorís

II Muestra de Cine Medioambiental Dominicana, 5-9 de Septiembre 2012

Film SynopsisIn Kenya, water insecurity is a life-threatening reality as the country's population is expected to increase from 40 million to 60 million over the next twenty years. Most of the country still depends on wood and charcoal for household energy and forest cover is rapidly disappearing. At the same time, the climate is changing: rainfall is decreasing, river levels are low and water contamination is on the rise. In the fierce competition for dwindling resources, women and girls are the most vulnerable as the responsibility to find water and fuel for their families, falls upon them.

At dawn, nine-year-old Anzelma walks for miles in search of firewood. Many in her village have died from drinking dirty water and firewood is a valuable commodity, needed to boil water to make it safe. Anzelma's small body bends under the heavy load of wood balanced on her head, but she knows her long journeys into the forest are crucial for her family's survival. One company is attempting to change this by providing, free of charge, 900,000 water filters to the people of Kenya's Western Province. This is the largest household water treatment program in the developing world, and it is being financed with carbon credits earned through the reduction in use of firewood. If successful, it will cut carbon dioxide emissions by 2 million tons per year for a decade or more. However, this requires that 4.5 million people change their habits.

Film Credits:

Evan Abramson and Carmen Elsa Lopez
Written By:
Evan Abramson and Carmen Elsa Lopez
Produced By:
Evan Abramson and Carmen Elsa Lopez

Director's Biography:

Evan Abramson and Carmen Elsa Lopez are filmmakers, photographers and new parents based in Brooklyn. Together they write, direct, shoot, edit and produce. In 2010 they formed Cows in the Field, a production house dedicated to telling the stories of people whose lives are impacted by social and environmental crises around the globe - and finding solutions.

Their 2011 documentary Carbon for Water premiered at the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival in Toronto, winning Best International Short Film. Other awards include the Sir Edmund Hillary Award for Environmental Film at the Mountain Film Awards, Best Documentary Short at the California International Shorts Fest, Best Documentary at Florida's Love Your Shorts Film Festival, Best in Festival Documentary at the MIX International Film Festival in Richmond, Virginia, and Highly Commended at the Development and Climate Days Film Festival at COP17 in Durban, South Africa.

In 2010, Evan's multimedia documentary When the Water Ends won Best Short Film at the Tutti Nello Stesso Piatto International Food, Film & Videodiversity Festival and was also nominated for a Webby, a World Press Photo Multimedia Award and an Online Journalism Award.

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