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by Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky
USA 2013, 90′
Presented at Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival 2014
PHOTOGRAPHY: Nicholas de Pencier
EDITING: Roland Schlimme
FILM SCORE: Martin Tielli, Roland Schlimme
PRODUCTION: Sixth Wave Production Inc.
DISTRIBUTION: Seville International
After the success of Manufactured Landscapes (2006), prize-winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and noted Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky join forces again to produce an astounding cinematographic project on the complex relationship between human beings and water. Part of the vast project Water, dedicated to the exploitation and management of this indispensible and irreplaceable resource, Watermark unites stories from around the world with exceptional aerial footage: a testimonial to the impact of man’s intervention on the landscape. The construction site for the world’s largest dam, in China; the Colorado River delta, now an arid desert; the tanneries of Dhaka, where 21.000 cubic meters of toxic waste are produced daily; Kumbh Mela beach, where 30 million people gather to bathe in the holy waters of the Ganges…these are just a few of the atrociously beautiful images which make up this portrait. Winner of the TED Prize, 2005 for commitment to environmental causes, Burtynsky documents man’s impact on the planet with his images. Famous throughout the world, his photographs are in the collections of over 50 museum, including the Tate, London, and MoMA and the Guggenheim, New York.
Jennifer Baichwal
Canadian director, shestudied philosophy and theology at McGill University and received an M.A. in 1994. Her first film Looking You In The Back of the Head was critical acclaim. In her carreer she win the Genie Awards and Toronto Film Critics Associations Awards, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Edward Burtynsky
Known as one of Canada’s most respected photographers. His photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over fifty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California.
In 2006 he was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Canada and holds four honorary doctorate degrees.
Selected Filmography
2012 Payback 2009 Act of God 2006 Manufactured Landscapes 2002 The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia