2010: Water First

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Reaching the Millennium Development Goals
Directed by Amy Hart

WATER FIRST was awarded an International Jury Prize at the World Water Forum in Mexico City and has been shown at numerous festivals and international conferences including the Amnesty International Film Fest in Sweden, the UN Environmental Programme Award Film Festival in Istanbul and the Environmental Film Festival In The Nation’s Capital, to name a few. Filmmaker, Amy Hart received a Fulbright Cultural Exchange Award to bring the film to the Eco Film Festival in Rodos, Greece.

SYNOPSIS: Through the inspiring story of Charles Banda, a humble, local fireman turned waterman who has provided clean water to hundreds of thousands of fellow Malawians, it becomes apparent why clean water should be first if we are genuinely committed to reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and reducing poverty and the suffering it causes in developing nations.

The MDGs are a set of goals that the UN committed to in the year 2000. The goals address the need to reduce poverty and hunger, achieve universal education, empower women, combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases and build partnerships for development. As Charles Banda articulates, it is impossible to achieve any of these goals without putting water first.