Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square



Year: 2013
Country: USA
Run Time: 92 minutes


Water. One of the most powerful forces of nature. Our most valuable resource. We need water. We are water. Since the birth of civilization, humans have harnessed water for our survival and benefit, but never before have we seen the natural flow of water disrupted on such a massive scale. Agriculture, industry, waste, depleted aquifers, and the redirection of vital rivers and streams have led to incredible changes in natural landscapes over time. With stunning cinematography, WATERMARK documents these changes, showing us we are no longer passive observers in nature, but rather the direct cause of drastic transformation in a relatively small amount of time. When one part of the water cycle is disrupted, there are enormous ripple effects… effects that eventually come back around to us. In their second film exploring the relationship between industrialized humanity and the Earth we call home, Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky team up for another global expedition to bring powerful images into our collective consciousness. —G.S.

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Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky

Jennifer Baichwal has been directing and producing documentaries for over 20 years. Her films have won multiple awards, including an International Emmy, three Gemini Awards, and Best Cultural and Best Independent Canadian Documentary at HotDocs. Baichwal is a member of the Ryerson University School of Image Arts Advisory Council and a Director of the Board of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Edward Burtynsky was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. He received his B.A.A. in Photography/ Media Studies from Ryerson University and founded Toronto Image Works, a darkroom rental facility, custom photo laboratory, digital imaging, and new media computer-training center catering to all levels of Toronto's art community. He is an active lecturer on photographic art who has been awarded the TED Prize, the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, The Outreach Award at the Rencontres d’Arles, the Roloff Beny Book Award, and the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.

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