(60 minutes) Bolivia/India/USA
Directors/Producers: Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman
Is water part of a shared "commons," a human right for all people? Or is it a commodity to be bought, sold and traded in a global marketplace? Thirst tells the stories of communities in Bolivia, India and the United States that are asking these fundamental questions, as water becomes the most valuable global resource of the 21st Century. A character-driven documentary with no narration, Thirst reveals how the debate over water rights between communities and corporations can serve as a catalyst for explosive and steadfast resistance to globalization.
Alan Snitow produced and directed Secrets of Silicon Valley (PBS-Independent Lens, 2001), Thirst and Blacks and Jews (Sundance Film Festival, PBS-POV, 1997). Snitow was a producer at KTVU-TV News, the Bay Area Fox affiliate, for 12 years. Before that, he was the News Director for eight years at the Pacifica Radio station, KPFA-FM, winning the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Gold Award for Best Local Newscast. Snitow was a Board member of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and President of the Board of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. He is currently a Board member of the Film Arts Foundation and a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He is a graduate of Cornell University.
Deborah Kaufman produced and directed Secrets of Silicon Valley (PBS-Independent Lens, 2001), Thirst and Blacks and Jews (Sundance Film Festival, PBS-POV, 1997). She founded and for 13 years was Director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the first and largest independent Jewish film showcase in the world. Kaufman has been a Board member of the California Council for the Humanities, Amnesty International USA, and the New Israel Fund. Kaufman is a graduate of University of California Hastings College of the Law and a member of the California Bar.
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