The idea for Water Pressures started when producer Ann Feldman was trapped in a taxi cab on the way to the Bangalore, India airport in the middle of the Cauvery River water riot in January 2007.
In 2008, we filmed in several villages, learning about water scarcity and traditional water solutions.
The water crisis grabbed her attention and Ann went back to India to meet with a leading water center in the Thar Desert. The Jal Bhagirathi Foundation and desert villagers agreed to collaborate with us.
In 2008 and 2009, Congresswoman Schakowsky came and spoke at a water forum, and different student groups got involved in water issues. Also Dr. Feldman taught a Water Pressures course at Northwestern University. Archeworks, Sehgal Foundation, Sir Ratan Tata Trust, PepsiCo, IBM and others became partners.
In 2012, we created the hour-long Water Pressures documentary to showcase how villagers and water experts from water-scarce Rajasthan collaborated with students and faculty from Northwestern University, which sits on the shores of Lake Michigan in Illinois. In 2013, the documentary will air on APT in the U.S., and it will also air in India.
In March, 2010, Northwestern University students and our video crew flew to India to meet villagers and learn about water scarcity firsthand. A Northwestern/Rajasthan Exchange was established with the help of the UNDP.
In order to expand participation, we invite students from around the world to submit videos and blogs about local water issues, which we posted to Waterpressures.org.
Now we ask all of YOU to get involved in your WATER FUTURE -
watch the documentary, do a local water action, and
create a short video and blog to post on our website!