FEBRUARY 10-11 29 Festival international du film d’environment, Paris, France.
MARCH 21 9pm EST. TVO. This aired after “The Agenda with Steve Paikin”, which drew about 100,000 viewers.*
MARCH 28 10:30pm EST. TVO.*
*These screenings were part of TVOntario’s “Water Week”, an annual week long broadcast event that was launched alongside the World Premier of WATER ON THE TABLE in 2010.
MARCH 22 7pm EST. World Water Day as part of Ecologos Water Docs Program Opening Night. Toronto, with filmmaker Liz Marshall and Mark Calzavara of the Council of Canadians.
MARCH 22 7pm EST. World Water Day as part of the MINT Film festival (Made IN Toronto) at the ROM. WOTT filmmaker Liz Marshall joined panel discussion later in the evening.
APRIL 20-26 Hippodrome Cinema, Gainesville, FL. 4/20 Fri: 6:30pm. 4/21 Sat: 4pm. 4/22 Sun: 4:30pm. 4/23 Mon: 6:30pm. 4/25 Wed: 5:15pm. 4/26 Thu: 8:30pm.
APRIL 27 9:30am. One Earth Film Festival, Illinois. River Forest Public Library.
JANUARY 20 7:30pm Myriad Centre for the Arts, Perth, ON.
JANUARY 21 6:30pm Lost Lake PassivHaus, Whistler, BC. Presented by Cinema Politica.
FEBRUARY 5 World Community Film Festival, 10am Courtnay, BC.
FEBRUARY 13 World Community Film Festival, 3:30pm Vancouver, BC.
FEBRUARY 17 Cinema Politica. 7pm, Maple Ridge Municipal Hall, BC.
FEBRUARY 22 7pm Bard College, Preston Theatre, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Joined by Eric Weltman of Food & Water Watch.
FEBRUARY 26 5pm. Geography of Hope Film Festival “Women and Water” program. Point Reyes, CA.
MARCH 1 6:30pm. Film Society of Lincoln Center, NY. As part of Green Screens. Q&A with filmmaker Liz Marshall.
MARCH 4 Kingston Canadian Film Festival, ON.
MARCH 10 7pm. The inaugural MINT Film Festival. Toronto, ON. Co-hosted by the Toronto Dollar, Council of Canadians, and the Polaris Institute of Canada. With guest speaker Derek Forgie. Q&A with filmmaker Liz Marshall.
APRIL 8 7pm. The Canadian Museum of Nature. Ottawa, ON. Q&A with filmmaker Liz Marshall.
APRIL 22 7:30pm. Cape Cod, Alchemy Farm, 237 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth. Part of the Cinema Politica Network.
CANADIAN MUSEUM TOUR Sponsored by Planet in Focus: Yukon Beringia Centre, Whitehorse March 21-22, April 15-16. Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa April 5-8. Nova Scotia Museum, Halifax.
APRIL 6, 20, 27/MAY 4 New Brunswick Museum, St. John.
APRIL 7, 9, 14, 21, 28, 30, MAY 5, 7 The Rooms, St. John’s Newfoundland April 26-May 1. Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria April 15-17.
JULY 1-AUGUST 31 The feature length version of WATER ON THE TABLE aired on Air Canada flights.
MARCH 24, 28 As part of TVO’s World Water Week, the broadcast hour version had its World Premiere as the marquee presentation.
APRIL 23 The feature length version had its Festival Premiere at the Projecting Change Environmental Film Festival in Vancouver, BC.
JUNE 19, 20, 24 Theatrical Premiere the Mayfair Theatre Ottawa, ON. On the eve of the G8 Summit, in Huntsville at the Algonquin Theatre.
SEPTEMBER Director Liz Marshall toured the film in British Columbia to the Kootenays, Kelowna, the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver and Vancouver Island. A total of nine packed screenings. Post-screening panels with local water activists and environmental groups are informative and passionate.
SEPTEMBER 26 Calgary International Film Festival at The Plaza cinemas.
OCTOBER 10 US Premiere was at the Blue Planet Film Fest. 11:30pm. Santa Monica, CA.
OCTOBER 14 Toronto Premiere at the 11th Annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival, the Royal Ontario Museum. Co-presented by NOW Magazine. Maude Barlow and Liz Marshall in attendance for a post-screening discussion.
OCTOBER 17 WOTT wins Planet in Focus 2010 Best Canadian Feature Film Award.*
OCTOBER 16-17 Toronto Theatrical run at the Royal Cinema.
OCTOBER 18, 20 Knowledge Network Broadcast BC Premiere.
OCTOBER 25-26 Theatrical screenings at the Bytowne Cinema in Ottawa.
OCTOBER 28 The Landmark Paramount in Kamloops, BC.
NOVEMBER 13 WOTT is nominated at the Gemini Broadcast Gala for a Donald Brittain Award for best social political documentary.*
NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 1 The Princess Theatre in Waterloo, ON. Director Liz Marshall in attendance on November 30th.
DECEMBER 2 WATER ON THE TABLE screens at the 7th Annual Artivist Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood CA on the Spielberg Screen.
DECEMBER 7 WATER ON THE TABLE kicks off the inaugural Green Screen Film Series at Georgian College in the Rowntree Theatre, Barrie, ON. Liz Marshall in attendance for an in-depth Q&A joined by Mark Calzavara, the Council of Canadians Regional Organizer for Ontario. This event was attended by many of the Site 41 protesters.
DECEMBER 10 The 7th Annual Artivist Film Festival in New York at the Tribeca Cinemas.
The Right To Water
Some 884 million people are without access to safe drinking water and more than 2.6 billion lack access to basic sanitation. 1.5 million children under five years old die each year as a result of water- and sanitation-related diseases.
For the first time the world votes on the human right to water. On July 28th, 2010 the UN voted to recognize the right to water and sanitation
By a vote of 122 member states in favour, to none against, with 41 abstentions, the General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on States and international organizations to provide financial resources, build capacity and transfer technology, particularly to developing countries, in scaling up efforts to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all.
IN FAVOUR Afghanistan, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.
ABSTAIN Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Ethiopia, Greece, Guyana, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Zambia.
A Brief History
In November 2002, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights affirmed that access to adequate amounts of clean water for personal and domestic uses is a fundamental human right of all people: “The human right to water is indispensable for leading a life in human dignity. It is a prerequisite for the realization of other human rights.”While it is not legally binding on the 146 States that have ratified the International Covenant, it aims to assist and promote the implementation of the Covenant and does carry the weight and influence of “soft law”.
The Definition of Soft Law
Our international community does not have central law-making authority. Therefore, any new law designed with the intent to enforce global change must be created through consensual processes. New laws can be achieved by the signing of a declaration of principles, codes of practice, recommendations, guidelines, resolutions, or treaties – documents that are commonly referred to as “soft law”. Though “soft law” documents do not have legal status and thus cannot be named as legally binding, they do bear a heavy responsibility amongst the international community: there is an expectation that their provisions will be respected and upheld. An excellent example of a “soft law” document is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Canadian government continues to refuse support of the human right to water, together with countries such as the US, the UK and Australia. Federal governments from the Chrétien/Martin Liberals to the Harper Conservatives have refused to designate water a human right. In May 2006, the United Nations’ Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights issued a statement that it “regretted” Canada’s continued position of opposition to the right to water and asked the country to “reconsider”. In that same year the European Parliament adopted a resolution acknowledging the right to water, and Great Britain reversed its previous opposition in response to a UN Human Development Report documenting the world water crisis.
Throughout the world individual countries have taken steps to take back and secure their water rights and enshrine accessibility as a human right. The people of Uruguay became the first country to lead a plebiscite and referendum for a constitutional amendment, which they gained in 2004. Other countries at the forefront of the water justice movement include South Africa, Ecuador, Ethiopia, and Kenya, along with Belgium, France, Italy and the Netherlands. Nepal, Bolivia and Columbia and Mexico have also been moved by citizen efforts to take action to protect water as a human right.