Watermark is a 2012 Canadian feature documentary film by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky that brings together diverse stories from around the globe about humanity’s relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. The film explores massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of Xiluodu Dam, one of the biggest arch dams in the world – six times the size of Hoover Dam. It visits the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Jennifer Baichwal is a Canadian documentary filmmaker, writer and producer. She has made 10 feature documentaries which have aired internationally and won multiple awards nationally and internationally. She has been a director of the board of the Toronto International Film Festival since 2016.
Edward Burtynsky OC RCA is a Canadian photographer and artist. For four decades Burtynsky has explored the complex global intersection of industrial growth and environmental impact through photography. His colour photographs document landscapes as they are transformed by human industry and are included in the collections of more than 80 major museums around the world. He is the recipient of a Royal Photographic Society Honorary Fellowship (2020), an Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award by the World Photography Organization (2022) and the Pollution Probe Award (2022). Most recently he was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame (2022). Watermark is part of his five-year project, Water, focusing on the way water is used and managed.
On Gadigal land
Golden Age Cinema
80 Commonwealth St
Surry Hills NSW 2010
20 September 2023