Film explores relationship with water
Kristin Alexander embarked on a photo project hoping to capture some artful shots of the island’s water sources.
She learnt so much more when making Trusting Rain, a short film about Bermuda’s relationship with water.
Five years later, she feels the film is more important than ever, not just to Bermuda, but to the global conversation on sustainability.
The American film-maker has returned to the island to screen the short film tomorrow at 7pm at the Bermuda National Library. Admission is free.
She said it “came back to life” after a conversation with the Bermuda Environmental Sustainable Taskfore.
“It’s an old film but it’s still relevant, I was talking to Stuart Hayward about bringing some exposure to the work that they’re doing and why it’s so important to the island.
“We’re hoping to drum up some interest to keep the work that BEST does going.”
The film premiered in 2012 at the Bermuda International Film Festival, placing third in the Audience Award category.
The late politician Louise Jackson, architect Alan Burland, former president of Greenrock Andrew Vaucrosson, farmer Tom Wadson, tank tester Kent Simmons, former water distributor Casey Daniels and Joan Taplin, who uses the Watlington piped water, are featured in it.
“I got their personal stories; what it was like growing up with rain water,” Ms Alexander said.
“I was surprised to find there was no mention in the hotels about where the water comes from, which surprised me considering the importance of conserving water in Bermuda.
“Making the film forced me to a different view on how I use water. In the States, it is often taken for granted that you turn the tap on and clean water comes out, so I think we become indifferent to water.
“But conserving water and caring for the environment is really a global responsibility, and something we all can be part of, regardless of where we live.”
Trusting Rain has since been viewed across the world on the festival circuit, taking home the award for Best Short Documentary at the Blue Ridge Film Festival in Virginia.
“Talking to Mr Hayward about it, I realised how much the cultural history of water collection is changing and it’s all contributing to an unsustainable solution,” said the film-maker who focuses on environmental work and video portraits of people.
An open discussion with BEST will follow the 28-minute film.
“I’m hoping the conversation afterwards will be about how we can help the organisation to continue to do the work they’re doing,” Ms Alexander said.
“I love the island. I love the people. Bermuda is ahead of the curve when it comes to being sustainable in so many ways.
“Talking to the older residents and their memories of growing up, from sharing baths and having to borrow buckets of water — that cultural aspect of conserving has changed over time.
“I remember Mr Vaucrosson saying that if you have the money you can buy it; you don’t have to worry about it.
“It’s an older film, but it’s still timely. It’s still relevant and I just hope we can open the dialogue up with some people who are still interested and want to support BEST and the sustainability of Bermuda and to keep it beautiful.”
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