Do you shut off a dripping tap when you see one? Very soon, it appears, it will not matter.
ECOMOVE International, Germany, is screening a series of 11 documentaries from various countries, from 18th to 22nd January, at Goethe-Zentrum - The Association of German Culture. Today, the 3rd day, an Indian documentary called Water Business Is Good Business by Sanjay Barnela and Vasant Saberwal will be screened.
The water crisis is not so much rooted in the overall availability of water, as in consumption patterns and the failure to regulate consumption using appropriate and fair tariff structures. This film travels from Delhi to Indore and from Bombay to Chennai to explore the politics and economics of urban water supplies.
In each city we come across the same solution - the construction of large projects to bring water from distant rivers to various cities. But this is fire-fighting at best. Since, the displacement of rural people due to this, and the growing needs of expanding and increasingly mobile urban populations, will simply ensure a continuous need for more and more water.
In the framework of an educational project initiated by ECOMOVE International, a series of film screenings and discussions take place in different cities/regions in India. For this project, ECOMOVE has prepared a film program presenting award-winning documentaries dealing with environmental problems in India and their global backgrounds and causes. An initial film screening in Chennai as well as a film tour through various villages in South India have taken place in April 2006.
The screenings will start everyday from 6:00pm, at the Goethe-Zentrum office in Hermitage Complex, Opp. Kalanjali Showroom, Hill Fort Road, and are absolutely free. For further details, please contact 6652-6443/2324-1791.