Water is our Future: The Netherlands

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Period9 Nov 2017

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleWater is our Future: The Netherlands-The Pact with Water
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletLängengrad Filmproduktion in opdracht van Arte
    Media typeTelevision
    Duration/Length/Size52 minuten Marcel Stive vanaf 3 min. Matthieu vanaf 8:35 min. in beeld
    DescriptionFive-part documentary series The Netherlands – The Pact with Water Written & directed by Michael R. Gärtner // Camera: Sven Kiesche // Sound: Ilhan Coskun // Film editor: Maximilian Narkovic // Additional footage: Ilhan Coskun, Serge Dumont, Markus Greulich, Christoph Hübner The documentary series “Water Is Our Future” tells the story of five exceptional regions which show that a huge problem for mankind can be solved: our handling of the element that’s vital for life - water. In Germany we show how the filthiest sewer in the country is turned into a beautiful and clean river. The land of the dykes, the Netherlands, has begun to pursue completely new strategies in the battle against floods and the rise in the sea level. The Colorado River in the Unites States of America is the most important water supply for the south-west of the US but it is no longer a true river. The delta area in Mexico no longer receives a drop of water from it. But here, too, the unimaginable has come to pass: the estuary has blossomed into new life. Andalusia in Spain is the only part of Europe that’s threatened with desertification. But with old traditions and modern technology farmers find the means of drastically reducing water consumption. And on the sacred River Jordan, which is equally venerated by Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians, the clash about mankind’s number one staple could form the basis for advancing the cause of peace between the belligerent peoples. Visually powerful (using quadrocopters, helicopters and ROVs), highly relevant and future-oriented. Five-part documentary series produced by LÄNGENGRAD Filmproduktion in coproduction with ARTE G.E.I.E., with the participation of UshuaïaTV, in cooperation with SEPPIA; for WDR World sales: Albatross World Sales
    Producer/AuthorWritten and directed by Michael R. Gärtner
    PersonsM.J.F. Stive, M.A. de Schipper