6 January 2016
SOAS University of London alumna Anna Sowa (MSc Migration, Mobility and Development, 2013) has produced a film on the growing challenges of sustaining water and fighting poverty. The film is based on her MSc research on the impact of irrigation and migration on livelihoods in the Todgha Valley, Morocco.
AGHBALOU - The Source of Water combines a local story of struggle and neglect with a global call to action to sustain water and fight poverty. The film has been selected for several international film festivals including the MICGénero, Mexico (which in 2015 focused on human mobility and migration); The Marda Loop Justice, Canada; Voices from the Water, India and The Matsalu Nature Film Festival, Estonia, among other festivals.
The next public screening will be held at Regent Street Cinema, Wednesday 20 January 2016 at 7pm and will include a Q&A with Chouette Films which produced the film and SOAS Professor Tony Allan, the internationally esteemed expert in water resources and the political economy of water policy.
AGHBALOU: The Source of Water received support from 46 Kickstarter backers who pledged £7,220, as well as a number of other extremely generous supporters, to bring the project alive. The project also received backing from UK Irrigation Association and includes interviews with some prominent academics in the field of water management and notable NGOs in the UK.