Janson Media today announced the release of the powerful award-winning film Water First: The Global Water Crisis (1 x 45′) to worldwide television, VOD, DVD, new media and non-theatrical markets. Water First releases in support of World Water Week, a five-day event encouraging people worldwide to conserve water and raise money to improve access to clean water. For more information about the initiative and instructions on how to contribute your voice, please visit Water.org
Filmed on location in Malawi, Water First is a character-driven film that conveys the importance of clean water and sanitation in addressing all major global issues and achieving the Millennium Development Goals set forth by the UN to reduce poverty in developing nations. Through the inspiring story of Charles Banda, a humble Malawian fireman turned waterman, we see how water is a solution to many of the problems in his impoverished, sub-Saharan country.
Water First draws a clear correlation between clean water and all of the other Millennium Development Goals. The goals are a set of 8 targets set by the UN in the year 2000 and endorsed by 187 nations. Sadly, at the halfway mark, we are less than halfway there. Charles Banda believes that if more people knew about the MDGs we would have a much better chance of achieving them. And, if clean water was the top priority, achieving the goals would be much more feasible. “30% of the goals would automatically be achieved if everyone had clean water,” says John Oldfield of Water Advocates.
Filmmaker, Amy Hart not only produced and directed the film, she also shot most of it and edited herself. The project has forged a strong relationship with Charles Banda and Freshwater Project Malawi. Water First gets to the heart of the global water and sanitation crisis,” writes David Douglas, President of Water Advocates. “Through the story of one man in a single African country, Hart documents how development springs from access to safe drinking water. With filmmaking that may save lives, Hart chronicles water’s link to health, girls’ education, environmental protection, women’s empowerment and economic productivity.”
Hart Productions is dedicated to creating films that address pressing global issues – especially those concerning water, women, children and the environment. Founded by Amy Hart in the early ’90s, Hart Productions began as a theater company and brought original plays to the UN Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, the World Social Forum in Copenhagen and several theater festivals in the states and abroad. The company now produces documentary and feature films.
Awards and Festivals
International Jury Award, International Water and Film Festival, World Water Forum
Fulbright Cultural Exchange Award, EcoFilm Festival, Rodos, Greece
Environmental Film Festival In The Nation’s Capital
Maryland Film Festival
Global Peace Film Festival
Colorado Environmental Film Festival
Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles
Starz Pan African Film Festival, Denver
Bergen International Film Festival
Cinespot Environmental Film Festival, Montpelier, France
Cortopotere Film Festival, Bergamo, Italy
UN Environmental Programme Award Film Festival, Istanbul
Voices from the Waters Film Festival, Bangalore
Africala Film Festival, Mexico City
Verviers au Film de l’Eau, Verviers, Belgium
Food and Water-Global Hunger Conference, Chicago IL
Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival
Cascade Festival of African Films