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Sustainable Nation

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Screenings & Events


Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 06:30PM - 08:00PM |SIFF Cinema Uptown

About The Film

According to the World Health Organization, by 2025 – six short years from now – half of the global population will face water scarcity. Meet three Israeli innovators working with partners across the globe – in Uganda, India, and even the United States, where successive droughts threaten the livelihood of Californian farmers – to bring water to those communities and sustainable water solutions to an increasingly thirsty planet. Using high-tech crop monitoring, solar energy, and biological "green lung" filtration systems, these international collaborations show that it is possible to clean, conserve, and channel water to where it is needed most. This is eye-opening cinema with the cautiously hopeful message that cooperation and innovation can begin to reverse the ecological damage to the Earth. Fixing global water issues is not only a matter of life and death; it is the start of healing the world.

Guest Director

micah smith web headshot  Micah Smith is an award-winning narrative and documentary filmmaker. His films have screened in over 40 festivals on five continents. Smith graduated from the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. 

Q&A to follow with Director, Micah Smith and moderated by Wendy Kaufman. Wendy Kaufman spent more than three decades as an on air reporter and occasional host for NPR News. Over her long career, she covered everything from the White House and Congress to environmental and education policy, aviation safety, and police brutality. She followed some of the US’s most well known companies including Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft and Starbucks. Kaufman had a special interest in corporate culture and women in high tech.

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Film Details:

Director: Micah Smith
Country: USA
Language: English, Hebrew, Luganda w/subtitles
Running Time: 60m
Year: 2019
Genre: Documentary
Rating/Warning: Age rec: 8+


  • Water
  • Scarcity
  • Environment
  • Israel
  • Innovation
  • Technology
  • Ecology
  • Sustainability



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