where there once was water

Genres: Documentary, Instructional
Duration: 1 hour 14 minutes
Filmmaker: Brittany App
Year of release: 2021
Availability: Worldwide


A story about water. A song for the sacred in all of us. A documentary centered on solutions. “Where There Once Was Water” takes a look at the driest of places – California and the Southwest USA – and the deepest of spaces – our inner worlds. It presents an invitation to change our perspective and heal our relationship with water … one watershed, one meal, one raindrop, at a time.

“A film that couldn’t be more relevant to the challenging times that we live in in California and the greater Southwest. Beautifully shot and edited, this documentary goes deeper than most environmental films that I’ve watched, touching on the personal, exploring the sacred connection that has been lost, and providing some practical steps for adapting and making a difference. Some excellent interviews with experts on the subject as well. No surprise that it has been picked up by numerous film festivals.” ~ Cinema House Films


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The film is distributed by EPF Media, which offers Educational and Institutional Licensing for educational use. More information on licensing, screenings, and public performance rights can be found on the distributor’s website: EPF Media.

The film’s website provides information on ways to get involved and take action to address water scarcity issues in California. This includes supporting organizations working on water conservation, advocating for policy changes, and taking individual actions to reduce water usage. More information can be found on the film’s website: https://www.wherethereoncewaswater.com/take-action

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The film’s website also provides links to several organizations working on water conservation and related issues that viewers can donate to, including The Nature Conservancy, California Waterkeepers, and The Pacific Institute. Links to donate can be found here: https://www.wherethereoncewaswater.com/take-action

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