Pavel Borecký | Czech Republic, Switzerland, Jordan 2020 | 77 Min. | OmeU
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The pounding and knocking of the machines for pumping drinking water roars through the desert. The nomads in Jordan’s Wadi Rum have always been dependent on a complex water infrastructure. The well is right under their feet, but using it is pretty laborious. The Bedouins are not the only ones in need of this “liquid gold”; largescale farmers and the growing urban population also demand their share. Yet, no one considers that the water resources will not be inexhaustible forever.
In all its economic, political, and cultural complexity, LIVING WATER sheds light on the conflict over the last abundant source of drinking water in the governorate of Wadi Rum, which is being fought over between the Jordanian state, agricultural companies, and the governorate’s residents.
Cinematography, Directing and Editing: Pavel Borecký
Music: Shadi Khries
Colour Grading: Branko Avramovski
Graphic Design: Daniel Vojtíšek
Dramaturgy: Veronika Janatková
Location Sound and Sound Design: John Grzinich
Research Supervision: Michaela Schäuble, Elias Salameh
Script Consultations: Hussam Hussein
3D Groundwater Model: Muna Dahabiyeh, Mark Gropius
24th Ji.hlava IDFF, Jihlava, Czech Republic, World Premiere ,”Testimony” International Competition
Visions du Réel 2021
Pavel Borecký (Prague, 1986) is a social anthropologist and audiovisual ethnographer. As an awardee of Swiss Excellence scholarship, he is currently finishing multimedia PhD on water scarcity in the Middle East. In his community practice, Pavel runs research organisation Anthropictures, curates film programme EthnoKino, and co-organizes European Applied Anthropology Network. Pavel’s latest films Solaris (2015) and In the Devil’s Garden (2018) focused on the consumption culture in Estonia and the question of decolonisation in Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. Living Water (2020) is his first feature documentary film.