Natural rights, resiliencies and cultural ecology

Paani. Of Women and Water

by Costanza Burstin, 2018 (in India)

United-Kingdom | 22min | English subtitles

Women against water shortage. An observational documentary that explores the peculiar and constant relationship between women and water in a small Muslim village in the Rajasthani desert (India). In such a context, albeit water scarcity represents a real and severe problem in terms of daily maintenance, health and sanitation, local women tackle this daily struggle with tenacity, determination, elegance and sometimes humor. The film, indeed, highlights the way in which women’s agency emerges through the collection and management of water: fundamental responsibilities for the survival of their family and the whole community.

FIFEQ’s review

Is access to water a natural right? This ethnographic and sensitive short film brings us into the village of Rajasthani, in India, and into the daily lives of resilient women who, every day, face a dwindling water supply. If the anthropological approach can be described here as classic, it seems necessary to have us witness the devastating effects of global warming in the so-called countries of the South, the (heavy) responsibility of these women to preserve these resources, and above all, to (re)think ecological and social justice.

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Saturday, September 19

5 pm screening

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Montréal, Québec, H2X 1K1

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