We've found two approaches with the power to shape attitudes and motivate action, to effect change. These approaches underpin our main programs:
- Documentary cinema – the storytelling of our time
- Experiential learning – reconnecting people with their most powerful experiences of water
Water Docs Film Festival
The festival is the centrepiece of Water Docs programming – several days of high-impact films, animated discussions and community learning, with opportunities to take action to protect water. Submissions are open for the 2018 festival. See the March 2017 festival lineup here.
Water Docs audiences also love Pedal Power, an interactive mobile installation, which is available as well for festivals, street corners and other events. Participants pedal a bicycle to draw water up a clear tube into a glass, providing a real-time, kinesthetic experience of how much energy it takes to convey water to us.
Great Lakes Water Walk & Celebration
Led by Anishinaabe water walkers, the Great Lakes Water Walk on September 24 will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to celebrate the cross-cultural connection to sacred water. Thousands will gather to traverse Toronto's waterfront, culminating in a blessing of the waters led by a First Nations elder and others. This walk of celebration, reconciliation and hope is created by a partnership of Nibi Emosadaamajig and Ecologos.
Water Docs Where-You-Live
Organize a water film screening or festival for your group or neighbourhood. Every culture in Ontario's rich tapestry has its own special connection to water. Our wide range of inspiring water documentaries has been enjoyed to date at events provincewide. Different communities have also enjoyed taking our Water Journey, a galvanizing experiential forum that helps people turn their experiences of water into positive environmental action.
Water Docs @ School Action Projects
Water Docs @ School is an eight-month learning and action program designed for Ontario Grade 8 students. It uses a unique, hands-on approach to bring them into a close relationship with water, building their understanding of water systems and instilling a passion for water stewardship. After learning about the local watershed and its issues, students switch to action mode with a community environmental water project. Classes create documentary films of their projects and processes and are celebrated at a Student Recognition Day, with prizes for the best film and best project.