A new film to encourage the next generation to become water ambassadors
Swarovski and the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television have partnered to create ‘WATERSCHOOL’, it shines a light on one of the greatest issues facing mankind - safeguarding the continuing supply of fresh water. The documentary follows the experiences of several young female students who live along six of the world’s major rivers – the Amazon, Mississippi, Danube, Nile, Ganges and Yangtze – and celebrates the work of Swarovski Waterschool, a community investment program set up in 2000 that has reached almost half a million young people through 2,400 schools worldwide.
To make ‘WATERSCHOOL’, a team of seven UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television graduate students travelled across five continents to capture the moving stories of these young girls, giving voice to the generation for whom the preservation of clean water is most pressing. Vivid, lyrical and poignant, the film is a reminder of the power of education – with the support of the business community – to transform lives and tackle the world’s crucial environmental issues.
‘WATERSCHOOL’ reveals how the teachers and guides of Swarovski Waterschool are empowering the growing citizens of the new era to take care of the world’s most valuable resource. The result is a powerful call
to arms – for teachers and educators as much as young people themselves. As the students discover how best to husband and protect water, so they pass on their insights to their peers, parents and grandparents.
Nadja Swarovski, Member of Swarovski Executive Board, commented: “We are proud to be able to showcase the work of the Swarovski Waterschool over the past 18 years in India, China, Uganda, South and North America, as well as Austria, in this documentary, created by graduate students from the UCLA school of Theatre, Film and Television. We are grateful to Dean Teri Schwarz of UCLA for dedicating her time, her guidance and leadership for the production of the film, as well as Lucy Walker for her creative direction. We hope that this beautiful work will provide insight into crucial topics relating to water, and inspiration to the audience to understand that each individual can play a big part in safeguarding the wellbeing of this planet.”
Teri Schwartz, Dean of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television, commented: “It has been a great honor to partner with visionary leader Nadja Swarovski and her team to create this landmark feature documentary. I am very proud of our remarkable graduate film students to whom Swarovski gave an unparalleled opportunity to create a film at the highest levels of creative excellence. Key to our School’s mission is providing diverse students with transformational opportunities to create stories that not only entertain, but also foster social impact. This amazing partnership with Swarovski underscores our shared belief in the power of story to enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world.”
Find out more about Swarovski Waterschool at www.swarovskiwaterschool.com.