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Directed by Pavel Borecký
2020 / Switzerland, Czech Republic, Jordan / 77 mins


The vibration of machines echoes across the desert. Ever since Jordanian nomads settled in the spectacular landscape of Wadi Rum, they grew dependent on complex water infrastructure. The source is right below their feet, yet they struggle to meet basic needs.


In the meantime, deep water extraction feeds private large-scale farms, animates visionary development and secures the growing urban population. Bedouins, farmers and city dwellers: all expect to have a fair share, but digging for “blue gold” unleashes an environmental time bomb.


Living Water tells the story of power, exploitation, and changing ecological circumstances in one of the most water-poor countries in the world.


PAVEL BORECKÝ (Prague, 1986) is a social anthropologist and audiovisual ethnographer. As an awardee of the Swiss Excellence scholarship, he is currently finishing a multimedia PhD on water scarcity in the Middle East. In his community practice, Pavel runs the research organisation Anthropictures and curates the film programme EthnoKino.


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 the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. Living Water (2020) is his first feature documentary film.


OCTOBER 22, 2023

5:30 PM

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