“Watershed,” “Lost Rivers” set for Water Docs Fest

Mark Decena and James Redford's Watershed and Caroline Bâcle's Lost Rivers (pictured) are among the films screening at the second annual Water Docs International Film Festival in Toronto.
March 7, 2013

Mark Decena and James Redford’s Watershed and Caroline Bâcle’s Lost Rivers (pictured) are among the documentaries screening at the second annual Water Docs International Film Festival, a Toronto-based event focused on issues of water awareness.

Produced by water issues group Ecologos, this year’s line-up includes 17 films such as Aarti Shrivastava’s White Knight, a look at impending shortages; Caroline Bâcle’s Lost Rivers, which focuses on rivers buried beneath London, Montreal and Toronto; Peter Jan van der Burgh and Tshering Gyeltshen’s 86 centimetres, about the glacial lakes threatening to flood villages in Bhutan; and the Canadian premiere of the Robert Redford-narrated Watershed, directors Mark Decena and James Redford’s examination of environmental threats to the Colorado River.

This year, the festival will also receive an inaugural blessing from Grandmother Josephine Mandamin, who has walked nearly 10,000 miles around the Great Lakes, praying for its water.

The Water Docs International Film Festival takes place at Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) from March 21-24. Check out the full line-up via the festival’s website.

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