Water Docs in Scarborough and Etobicoke

Join us at two free film screenings. If you missed Sea of Life at Water Docs, you have another chance to see it at the Scarborough Film Festival. And if you want to revel in Toronto's ravines and see their effect on our waterways, you won't want to miss Accidental Parkland at the Richview Library.

Sea of Life - Tuesday, June 6

11 am at the Scarborough Film Festival
University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, 1265 Military Trail Theatre AC223; part of the Youth Education Summit.

With access to leading environmental activists and breathtaking underwater cinematography, young filmmaker Julia Barnes takes us on an epic adventure that explores the many different ways our oceans – and our world – are threatened by human behavior. Inspired by Rob Stewart’s Revolution, Barnes embarked on a globe-spanning journey to create this impressive first film.

The 20-year-old writer-director won Water Doc's Best Film award this year in the Ontario150 Film Challenge for Emerging Ontario Filmmakers. She became a filmmaker, activist, and environmentalist when she picked up a camera at age 16 out of a sense of urgency and necessity to bring awareness to the biggest challenge the planet has ever faced and to create a movement to tackle it. She worked extensively with Rob Stewart.

Water Docs Film Festival

March 29 - April 2, 2017

The 2017 Water Docs Film Festival is a wrap, but if you missed it this year, you can always check out some of the highlights right here.

The curtains have now closed on the 2017 edition of the Water Docs Film Festival. It was a fascinating program of films on issues facing global and local water systems. After each screening there were live Q&A sessions with filmmakers, activists, artists and other related speakers. If you missed us this year, make sure to stay in touch and we look forward to seeing you next March!

Here's a composite trailer from the films we showed at the 6th annual Water Docs Film Festival in March 2017. For trailers of many of the films, see the festival schedule. 

A huge THANK YOU to all of our great volunteers, partners, donors and supporters who all helped to make Water Docs 2017 possible!

Accidental Parkland - Thursday, June 15

2-3:30 pm at the Richview Library
1806 Islington Ave., Etobicoke; part of the Toronto Public Library's Fragile Planet Series

Accidental Parkland by Dan Berman (2016, Canada, 55 min) is a documentary on the changing nature and sustained value of Toronto's urban waterways. Toronto's most distinctive physical attribute is also one of its least appreciated: its 44,000-acre ravine system distributed throughout the region, interconnecting the entire Greater Toronto Area from the Oak Ridges Moraine to Lake Ontario.

Development over the last century and a half has engineered, and sometimes buried, the ravines and watercourses out of our sight and minds. Discover how we are all are linked by these indented spaces and the water that flows through them.

The Great Lakes Water Walk

We'll shortly be announcing the plans for an Indigenous-led Great Lakes Water Walk

The September 24 event will draw many Canadians from all walks of life for an ceremonial walk across Toronto's waterfront, ending in a special blessing – the first step toward an annual National Day of Walking for the Water. 

It will be a walk of inspiration, reconciliation and hope.

Watch this space for more information about the Great Lakes Water Walk, as the plans are taking shape now.

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