Hunting Down Water

English (subtitled), 33 min, 2003, India

"Take the case of Somabhai Patel of Memna village in Gujarat who owns 14 borewells on his agricultural land, The water used to be at 100 feet below the ground just a few years ago, now it has gone down to 500 feet;"
"Mumbai has 15 lakh cars each using 15 litres of water per day for washing;"
Quotes that reinforce the fact that the present water crisis is largely a crisis of our own making. There is a social dimension to this crisis. Water is diverted from rural India to meet the unending needs of the urban population - as drinking water, but also, to wash cars, to fill swimming pools, or to ensure adequate water in amusement parks. As the water table plummets, tube wells and hand pumps have gone dry. Deprived of water, more of the rural poor are now forced to migrate - in search of work, but also, simply in search of water.

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Creative Crew
Sanjay Barnela
Ananya Roy, Anjali Khosla
Sanjay Barnela, Vasant Saberwal
Amit, Asheem, Rahul (Indian Ocean)
Awards and Screenings:

Best Documentary, The Festival du film de Strabourg, 2004
Best Direction, The Festival du Cinema de Paris
Best Editing, Miami International Short Film Festival 2004
First prize, Development film festival, Madurai
Traveling Film South Asia, 2003