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LIVING WATER

Pavel Borecký / Czech Republic, Switzerland / 2020 / 77 min
An anthropological field trip to Jordan’s deserts, where a trailer for the future conflicts about the planet’s scarce resources is taking place.

Underneath the alien and dusty Martian landscapes in one of the world’s driest countries runs precious groundwater – a source of life, but also a source of political troubles on the eve of the dawning age of scarce resources. Local communities in the Middle Eastern kingdom of Jordan are in conflict with the state about the right to drill for water. Water itself becomes the subject of a reflection on ecology, technology and political power in the visual anthropologist Pavel Borecký’s original ‘ecographic’ film, which blends his magnificent panoramas with mobile phone footage, news clips and high-tech 3D animations. Not as empty aesthetics, but as an answer to the questions the location asks him.