PEFF: ABOVE WATER
AÏSSA MAÏGA | FRANCE, BELGIUM, NIGER | FRENCH | 2021 | 90 MIN
Part of Green Screen: Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival
This immersive documentary views the everyday effects of water scarcity from the perspective of 12-year-old Houlaye and her family living in a remote village in the Azawak region of Niger. Like many people around the globe, Houlaye is forced to walk for miles every day to retrieve water for her family. Worsening droughts brought on by climate change have made the situation even more untenable, forcing many villagers to abandon their homes. Yet, in a cruel irony, a huge, untapped water reserve lies miles beneath the village. With fierce determination, members of Houlaye’s community band together to demand a new well and a better life for future generations.
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