Award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, beautifully weave together diverse stories from around the globe that eloquently detail humanity’s relationship with water through the ages: how we are drawn to it, how we use it, and the magnitude of our need for this rapidly depleting resource. Full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element and the scale of its reach. This is balanced by forays into the particular: a lingering memory of a stolen river, a mysterious figure roaming ancient rice terraces. These images, both beautiful and haunting, create a compelling global portrait that illustrates humanity’s past, present and future relationship with the natural world. In WATERMARK, the viewer is immersed in a world defined by a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted – until it’s gone. Director Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes) talks about the many ways that water shapes our lives and how humans attempt to shape water.
“A Canadian photographer dedicated to chronicling how man affects the environment turns his attention from land to water with mesmerizing results.” – Peter Debruge, Variety
“These exceptionally gifted filmmakers are simply best at the long view of the human species and its impact.” Ty Burr, Boston Globe
“Always arresting and sometimes troubling, “Watermark” neither lectures nor argues.’ – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
“An immersive experience, with stunning visual language, that will transform the way we think about water, and our relationship to it” – Robert F. Kennedy Jr.