This stunning doc focuses on the last major fresh water supply on Earth, the Great Lakes. They’re a vast source of drinking water and fish and as such, are also an integral part of the lives of some 35 million people. Yet they’re also, according to some scientists, on a dangerous trajectory towards ecological disaster due to industrial pollution, sewage, and the impact of climate change among other elements. Waterlife is a veritable sensual feast, with gorgeous cinematography, impressive CGI and a soundtrack that includes evocative works from Brian Eno, Sigur Ros and Robbie Robertson among others. So while the message of Kevin McMahon’s film might not be delivered with histrionics, it’s still hammered home – action must be taken to preserve this incredible resource, sooner rather than later.
Partners: Primitive Entertainment Inc. (Toronto) and the National Film Board of Canada (Toronto), distributed by the NFB and Primitive Entertainment (international) and Mongrel Media (theatrical/DVD, Canada)
Premiered: Hot Docs 2009
1 x 109 minutes
Rights available: All worldwide excluding Canada, U.S. and Japan