WATER CRISIS IN BRAZIL – IS THE COUNTRY RUNNING DRY?

Although it has one of the largest reserves of freshwater in the world, Brazil is suffering from its worst ever water crisis. Interviewing citizens, politicians and activists, the film searches for causes and solutions to the problem and looks at one of the most important global issues of our time.

Brazil is referred to as the "Saudi Arabia of water". Together with the United States, it shares one fifth of the world's freshwater resources. But the latest news is alarming: the country is suffering from its worst ever water crisis, with dramatic effects for its population, nature and industry. Approximately 100 million people are affected by the crisis, not only in the dry areas in the north east but also in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The whole country is running dry, and some rivers are severely polluted, not least of all the Rio Doces. How can one of the world's most water-rich nations run dry? Global climate change? Environmental destruction? Political mismanagement? Economic interests? The film sets out in search of answers to these questions and takes us from São Paulo to the arid sertão via Brasilia to the destroyed ecosystems of the Cerrado and Amazonas. We meet journalists, environmentalists, activists, political officials and victims. A political, ecological and economic detective story, and a film about one of the most important global issues of our time.

Genre Current Affairs
Length 45' / 28' HD
Film by Antonio Cascais
Production Kobalt Documentary with 3Sat
Original Title Ausgetrocknet. Brasilien in Not
Year 2016

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Brazil, the “Saudi Arabia of water”, is suffering from its worst ever water crisis. We meet affected citizens, politicians, ecologists and activists, and search for causes and solutions to the problem.
Brazil is referred to as the “Saudi Arabia of water”. Together with the United States, it shares one fifth of the world’s freshwater resources. But the latest news is alarming: the country is suffering from its worst ever water crisis, with dramatic effects for its population, nature and industry. Approximately 100 million people are affected by the crisis, not only in the dry areas in the north east but also in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The whole country is running dry, and some rivers are severely polluted, not least of all the Rio Doces. How can one of the world’s most water-rich nations run dry? Global climate change? Environmental destruction? Political mismanagement? Economic interests? The film sets out in search of answers to these questions and takes us from São Paulo to the arid sertão via Brasilia to the destroyed ecosystems of the Cerrado and Amazonas. We meet journalists, environmentalists, activists, political officials and victims. A political, ecological and economic detective story, and a film about one of the most important global issues of our time.

Current Affairs
Length 45’/28′ HD
Film by Antonio Cascais
Co-Production Kobalt Documentary with 3Sat
Original Title Ausgetrocknet. Brasilien in Not