THE WELL – Water Voices From Ethiopia (Australian Premiere)

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Directed by: Paolo Barberi & Riccardo Russo
2011 | Ethiopia | Italy | 56 min

Tuesday 25th March 2014 | 7pm (Doors open 6.30pm) |Bella Union Trades Hall – Cnr of Victoria Pde and Lygon St Carlton | Cost: Online: $12/$15 +BF | Door: $17/$20

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Arts in Action in collaboration with Mindful in May proudly present the Australian Premiere of the multi award winning film THE WELL – WATER VOICES FROM ETHIOPIA, a highly cinematic, visually enthralling film by Paolo Barberi and Riccardo RussoScreened at more than 90 festivals all over the world, The Well is the most awarded Italian documentary of 2013.

BestCinema_TheWell2Winner of the 2013 Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) for Best Cinematography and Sound Editing.

Told through the words of an ancient shepherd, the film follows the life of the Borana, a semi nomadic population in the south of Ethiopia that struggle perennially for survival.

L'acqua di tutti - Un viaggio tra i BoranaDuring the long periods of annual drought, the Borana gather with their livestock around ancient wells, the only resource against the tragic effects of global climate change. Huge hand-excavated craters, known as “singing wells”, allow them to survive during the long yearly droughts.

L'acqua di tutti - Un viaggio tra i BoranaEvery day the young shepherds form human chains to reach the great depths of the wells and fetch life giving water. With its strong photography and its epic narration, the film follows their life during a whole dry season, showing a unique equitable water management system that allows them to manage the little available water as the property and right of everyone.

While all around the world, access to drinkable water is still not considered a fundamental human right, the Borana’s extraordinary system guarantees general and indiscriminate access to water in one of the driest inhabited regions on Earth.

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Mindful in May is a one month online global meditation challenge that brings the benefits of mindful meditation together with an opportunity to contribute to bringing clean, safe drinking water to those who lack access. In the past 2 years 3000 people from 28 different countries around the world have taken part in the challenge, raising over $100,000 to improve the lives of over 750 people living in Ethiopia.

elisewhitewallcloseup-web-3-smallerFounder of Mindful in May Elise Bialylew will be along to introduce the campaign which launches on March 20th. Learn more about the campaign and come and connect with like minded people who want to live with more awareness and wisdom in everyday life while making a positive impact in the world.

“Working out what we most value sometimes only happens when we lose it for a while or when we witness it through another persons suffering. It can be easy to take the precious elements of our lives for granted.  I mean, think about breath. It is THE most important thing we have and do. Breathe. Yet, how often do you stop to appreciate that? On the 22nd March the world is honouring water, after breath, a crucial element for our survival.”  WORLD WATER DAY blog post by Elise Bialylew

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The NEW Mindful in May website has just been launched and registrations are NOW OPEN!

Magda Szubanski, much loved Australian actor has come on board again this year as a key ambassador. Join her and hundreds of others to TAKE THE CHALLENGE!

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Tuesday 25th March 2014
TIME: 7pm (Doors open 6.30pm)
VENUE: Bella Union Trades Hall – Cnr of Victoria Pde and Lygon St Carlton
TICKETS: Online: $12/$15 +BF | Door: $17/$20
BUY TICKETS: http://www.bellaunion.com.au/ticketing/3925

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