Crystal Moselle Documents the Global Water Crisis

February 4, 2016

After winning the Grand Jury Prize at last year’s Sundance Film Festival for her much-heralded documentary The Wolfpack, the story of the eccentric, film-loving Angulo brothers, Crystal Moselle (BFA 2002 Film and Video) returned to Park City, Utah, last month to announce Waterfront, a new and very different documentary project produced by Academy- and Emmy Award-winner Fazeelat Aslam.

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Crystal Moselle discusses the power of film to incite social change; the panel was hosted by Stella Artois at the Stella Artois Filmmaker Lounge during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Stella Artois)

Made in partnership with Stella Artois and Water.org as part of the “Buy a Lady a Drink” campaign, which, despite its cheeky name, is committed to raising awareness on how the struggle for abundant, clean water in developing countries disproportionately affects women. Last year, the campaign focused on the long, arduous journeys that women around the world must make daily to fetch water for their families. This year, with the help of Moselle’s three-part documentary series, the campaign focuses on the positive impact that access to clean water can have in a community. As actor and Water.org co-founder Matt Damon stated, “Access to water is access to education, access to work, access to the kind of future we want for all humankind.”

Filmed in Haiti, Kenya and Peru, Waterfront captures the stories of women in local communities who struggle to find regular, clean access to water. Among them is Marie, a Haitian midwife whose story of perseverance and resilience to source and deliver clean water to her community is heroic but not uncommon. Determined to tell stories like Marie’s, Moselle hopes her series “will inspire viewers enough to take action.”

Waterfront premieres in New York City on Tuesday, March 22, to commemorate World Water Day.

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