Visual and Dramatic Arts
Dean of Humanities
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
to 8:30 PM
Cinema (Rm #100) Rice Media Center
Rice University, Entrance #8 via University Blvd & Stockton Ave
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA
The screening will be followed by a discussion on the main global water issues.
Wednesday March 22
at 6:00 PM
Entrance #8 (University Blvd & Stockton Ave)
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005
On Wednesday, March 22, join us at the Rice Cinema to mark World Water Day with a screening of Watermark. The screening will be followed by a discussion with NEWT faculty on the main global water issues depicted in the movie. The event will run from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
A feature documentary from multiple-award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, Watermark brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive floating abalone farms off China's Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world - the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka. We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges at the same time. We speak with scientists who drill ice cores two kilometers deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet, and explore the sublime pristine watershed of Northern British Columbia. Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element, as well as the magnitude of our need and use. In Watermark, the viewer is immersed in a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted-until it's gone.
A joint effort by Rice University, Arizona State University, University of Texas at El Paso and Yale University, the Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) is the first national center to develop next-generation water treatment systems enabled by nanotechnology. Our vision is to enable access to suitable water almost anywhere in the world by developing next-generation high-performance, easy-to-deploy drinking water and industrial wastewater treatment systems enabled by nanotechnology.