Editor’s pickInspirational water documentary premieres in Los Angeles

21-11-2019
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One year ago, a documentary crew set off on an incredible journey to meet with pioneers who are finding solutions to one of the world’s biggest challenges – water.

After filming across five continents, hearing from the innovators changing the global water landscape and gaining support from high profile activists Matt Damon and Jaden Smith, the result is Brave Blue World, a documentary that paints an optimistic future for our most valuable resource.

The journey’s next step will be a Hollywood premiere on 16 December at the Paramount Theatre, Los Angeles, with many of the key protagonists, including Jaden Smith, in attendance.

Executive producer and founder of BlueTech Research Paul O’Callaghan, who spearheaded the project, said, “This is a huge milestone for us. The Brave Blue World documentary is a collaboration and celebration of the scientific and technology advancements that have been taking place, often behind the scenes, to deliver water services.

“From a NASA research centre, where we learned how water is recycled in space and a textile plant in India that is meeting 90 per cent of its water needs from recycled water, to the world’s largest algae-powered wastewater treatment plant in Spain and a children’s home in Kenya, where 50 litres of water a day is being provided from humidity in the air, we heard many inspiring stories. We’re tremendously excited to be able to share these with a wider audience and move water up the global agenda as an issue we can solve in our lifetime.

“What I’m most proud about is the plethora of global experts we’ve found to tell their stories. Collectively, we can now help raise awareness of these issues and help fast-track the potential solutions.”

The movement’s biggest surge of support so far came at Web Summit, Lisbon, one of the largest technology events in the world.  Paul joined Jaden Smith and Gary White of Water.org, a company he co-founded with Matt Damon, for a panel discussion that shone a light on Brave Blue World to an audience of 15,000 people from the tech world.

Paul said, “As well as being Hollywood stars, Jaden Smith and Matt Damon are water activists and entrepreneurs whose work in this space is really changing lives. For them to be involved in our documentary has lifted it to stratospheric heights. 

“It is often an apocalyptic picture painted about the millions of people lacking access to safe sanitation and water. But through Brave Blue World, we can spread the message that the situation is improving, the technology is there, and within our lifetime we can cure these global problems.”

Brave Blue World has been made in association with Prospect Arts production company and:
Partners: WEF, DuPont Water Solutions, SUEZ, L’Oreal and Xylem
Impact partners: Water.org, Water Alliance, Aqualia and 501cTHREE