Swarovski’s ‘WATERSCHOOL’

A new film to en­cour­age the next gen­er­a­tion to be­come wa­ter am­bas­sadors

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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.

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