From one end of the globe to the other, water is becoming increasingly scarce. For a billion people, access to safe drinking water is extremely limited…creating a global crisis with huge consequences. As a result, millions of families spend their lives trying to get access to water. Above Water focuses on 12-year-old Houlaye, who lives in a village in Tatis, Niger, and the families and community around her. She walks for several miles with other children every day to fetch water from a well. Water is abundant during the rainy season, but disappears during the dry season. However, two hundred meters below the surface, there is a water source that exceeds their imagination. Houlaye’s aunt Suri eventually convinces an NGO to build a well in the village. It brings the promise of a new life for these villagers who, unknowingly, had been above water all along.
Free and open to the public; registration required. The film will be streamed in French with English subtitles. For more information, please visit the event webpage or contact Shanny Peer at [email protected].
Hosted by Maison Française at Columbia University. Part of the Being in the World: People and the Planet in French and Francophone Cinema film festival.