A Journey in the History of Water tells the
dramatic story of how the struggle for fresh water has shaped
human society to a remarkable extent. This series brings the
viewer to about 20 countries all over the world and shows
in fascinating variety how people have coped with what is
societies' lifeblood - water.
video is based on the television series "History of Water"
which won the Grand Prix on 17th International Environment
Film Festival and has been shown in more than 150 countries and sold to about 50 TV-stations, including
the National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel and Al Aribya Network.
The video series has been bought by hundreds of insitutions and organisation worldwide - i.e universities, ngo's and international organisations.
A Journey in the History of Water is divided
in 4 programmes a 45 minutes. Order the video here!
III. The Myths
IV. The Conflicts
A Journey in the History of Water
Duration: 4 * 45min.
Manuscript and idea: Professor Terje Tvedt
Director: Terje Dale
Adapted for video: Anders Leines and Terje Tvedt 2001
Produced by Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and University
of Bergen 2001 Copyright: Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation
and University of Bergen
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can exist, not even for one day, without fresh water. This
program takes the viewer from unique scenes in the Himalayas,
where a sterile expanse of rock has been transformed into
an oasis, to the Borana people of southern Ethiopia, who manually
draw water for 300,000 people and a million head of cattle
from deep, hidden wells. The ancient civilisation of the Nile
valley is contrasted with the highly sophisticated methods
of irrigation employed by farmers in California. We then progress
via the aqueducts and beautiful fountains of Imperial Rome
to the old land of the Aztecs and their water civilisation,
where today the world's largest metropolis, Mexico City, is
sinking due to overuse of groundwater.
a momentous revolution in the history of humankind when the
energy in running water came to be exploited. For countless
millennia the only power available was human or animal muscle
power. This programme takes the viewer on a dramatic boat
trip down the Yangtze through the Three Gorges to the world's
biggest hydropower dam, and on to the longest canal ever built,
the old Emperor Canal. The programme explores the role of
the modest water falls and canals in Britain's industrial
revolution, before ending up in Norway, a land abundantly
endowed with rivers, lakes and waterfalls, and whose development
from about 1500 was totally dependent upon different uses
and aesthetic properties of water give it a unique mythical-religious
potential. It is always in motion, changing in form, colour
and quantity, and has therefore played an important role in
myths and religious rituals all over the world. This programme
starts on the raincoast of Scandinavia to investigate the
religion of the Vikings and then goes to the Middle East,
home of the monotheistic desert religions. It follows in the
biblical footsteps of the Israelites from Jordan to Jericho
and discusses the importance of water in Islam. The role of
Mother Ganga in Hinduism and the significance of the enormous
funeral pyres in the sacred city of Varanasi are shown. The
programme also looks at the history of bathing, from Roman
times to modern hydrotherapy in Germany. It ends up in France,
at Lourdes, where millions of pilgrims flock every year to
take the holy water.
argue that future conflicts will be conflicts over fresh water.
Others argue that the water question will encourage co-operation.
This programme takes the viewer from the desert city, Las
Vegas, where urban history rests not only on the casinos,
but om water control. Then it proceeds to Lake Victoria in
the heart of Africa, to the wonderful Blue Nile falls in Ethiopia,
to the greatest swamp in the world in Southern Sudan and to
Egypt, to tell the story of past water conflicts on a grand
scale. This is followed by a presentation of the water issue
in the Israeli-Arab conflict. Then the viewer is taken to
a little-known institution - one of the oldest court still
functioning in Europe - the water tribunal in Valencia, Spain.
The series ends in the deserts of Oman, bringing the viewer
to deep underground canals made more than two thousands years
ago and to a water auction!
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