The Groundwater Up Project| 35mins
Director: Tarini Manchanda, Katie Gillett & Moriah Mason | Producer: UWC Sustainability Fund, Friends and Family of GWUP Team
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: India
Why is a historically water-full city resorting to water tankers? If Delhiites continue to rely on (often illegal) tube wells, where will they turn when the groundwater dries up in 2015? How could things be different? In this upbeat (and slightly offbeat) documentary film, you will meet Dolly, who has to be resourceful for water; Deya, who says that even posh Delhi colonies don't get reliable water supply; and Maya, who is embarrassed to go fetch the water she needs for daily life. This film doesn't solve Delhi's "water crisis", but it explores current solutions like dams and sewage treatment plants. It discovers ideas in unexpected places and highlights people who are pursuing creative solutions. Meet people who are trying to rejuvenate Delhi's baolis (step wells) and lakes, and school kids who are harvesting rain water. Attend a river clean-up event with music and dancing. Listen to stories of struggle and Satyagraha (non-violent resistance). Maybe we don't need to wait for "experts" to give us one big solution to the water crisis - maybe Delhiites already have many small solutions that could spread to quench Delhi's thirst! Our film explores Delhi's sources of water taps, tanks, and water bodies to demystify the water crisis at hand, including how different people and institutions take part in creating water scarcity.