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 as a foundation for action
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 now closed for the 2019 festival. See the 2018 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.
Water Docs Where-You-Live
Organize a Water Docs Where-You-Live Community Screening or mini-film-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 province wide. Different communities have also enjoyed holding our Water Journey workshop, 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 a seven-month long learning and action program designed for Ontario Grade 7 & 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.