28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Living Water
Living Water
Living Water
Living Water

Living Water

director: Pavel Borecký
original title: Žít vodu
country: Czech Republic, Jordan, Switzerland
year: 2020
running time: 77 min.


Jordan is the second driest country in the world, and villages in the vast Wadi Rum desert depend on the water network located just below their feet. While the local population is faced with water shortages and expect the kingdom’s leaders to provide support like they promised, only large farms and the seaside town of Aqaba (where the King of Jordan has grand plans) have permits for deep-sea drilling. Through a series of interviews and poetic shots of the arid landscape, this ecographic documentary captures the complex state of the country, which is about to run out of valuable water resources, and the conflict between the state government and the local community worried about their future.



Pavel Borecký (1986) is a documentary filmmaker and social anthropologist. After studying in Prague and Tallinn, he is now completing his doctoral studies in social anthropology in Bern. He is a co-founder of the research organisation Anthropictures and has conducted field research with them that focused on visual ethnobotany and community and urban development in Serbia, Peru, Estonia, and the Czech Republic.

more about film

director: Pavel Borecký
producer: Veronika Janatková, Pavel Borecký
photography: Pavel Borecký
music: Shadi Khries
sound: John Grzinich
art director: Branko Avramovski
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