On World Water Day, we're excited to announce the inaugural Water Docs Film Festival Water Warrior Award
This year marks the launch of our annual Water Warrior Award which will be presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to protecting and raising awareness about threats and issues faced by water.
We are excited to announce that our 2018 recipient is Maude Barlow, Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chair of the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. Barlow will join us on Opening Night (Thursday, April 12) to accept the award and give a keynote address. Please join us on the Opening Night of the 2018 Water Docs Film Festival to hear Maude speak and accept her award!
About Maude Barlow, recipient of the 2018 Water Warrior Award
Maude Barlow serves on the executive of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and is a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. is the recipient of fourteen honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the 2005 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award, the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, the 2009 Planet in Focus Eco Hero Award, and the 2011 EarthCare Award, the highest international honour of the Sierra Club (US).
In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. She is also the author of dozens of reports, as well as 18 books, including her latest, Blue Future: Protecting Water For People And The Planet Forever and Boiling Point, Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse and Canada’s Water Crisis.
About the Water Warrior Award
The annual Water Docs Film Festival Water Warrior Award will be presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to protecting and raising awareness about threats and issues faced by water.
But we wanted to make sure that the award itself would be more than just a paperweight - we wanted the recipient of each award to cherish and proudly display it as a work of art, a reminder of the beauty that water activism brings to the world. And so, we have commissioned a local Toronto glass artist - Aurora Darwin - to design and create the physical awards that will be given each year to the selected water warrior. Aurora was featured in the documentary The Peel Project, which had its Toronto premiere at the 2017 Water Docs Film Festival. During the premiere, Aurora displayed some of her artwork (see below) that had been inspired by her journey down the Peel River Watershed during the making of the documentary. This artwork was part of the inspiration for us behind the Water Warrior Award itself as we contemplated what we wanted to offer each recipient of the award.
While the award has not yet been made, we do have some images of the process that's taking place behind the scenes. Here are some sketches and 3D renderings of the mould, which Aurora will use to make each unique glass wave.
Join us on Opening Night of the 2018 Water Docs Film Festival to see the award in person and meet this year's recipient.