Event

Downstream Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 4:00PM

Carnegie Institution for Science, Elihu Root Auditorium

On March 23, the Pulitzer Center presented a series of films on the global water crisis as part of the DC Environmental Film Festival. Topics range from rising sea levels in Bangladesh and the South Pacific to conflict in Ethiopia to problems with pollution in Washington, DC.

Introduced by Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer, the panel discussion included filmmakers Jennifer Redfearn, Steve Sapienza, Glenn Baker, and Hedrick Smith along with David Douglas, president of Water Advocates and Amy Fraenkel of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Films shown included:

SUN COME UP (trailer) Inhabitants of the Carteret Islands in the South Pacific face rising sea levels and the imminent destruction of their community. Winner of Media that Matters Jury Award Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger. Learn more about this reporting project

EASY LIKE WATER (trailer) To help Bangladeshis adapt to rising sea levels, Mohammed Rezwan has built a fleet of solar-powered, Internet-enabled school boats to bring education to all. Emmy Award winner Steve Sapienza and Glenn Baker. Learn more about this reporting project

WATER WARS The increasing scarcity of water in southern Ethiopia is driving the extinction of traditional ways of life and fueling conflict between neighbors. Common Language Project. Learn more about this reporting project

POISONED WATERS (Excerpt) More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, iconic American waterways like the Chesapeake Bay are in perilous condition. Emmy Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith. Learn more about this reporting project

ETHIOPIA WATER: A WOMAN'S ISSUE In Ethiopia, lack of access to water is a significant issue, especially for women. New initiatives that involve the community in establishing wells show great promise. Fred de Sam Lazaro and PBS NewsHour. Learn more about this reporting project