Film: Kristin Alexander’s “Trusting Rain”

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Nadia Hall (The Royal Gazette) writes about a screening of the 2012 film by U.S. filmmaker Kristin Alexander, Trusting Rain. The short film will be screened tomorrow, March 7, 2017, at 7:00pm at the Bermuda National Library. The screening, which will be followed by a discussion with the Bermuda Environmental Sustainable Taskforce (BEST), is free and open to the public. Hall explains:

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.

[. . .] She said it “came back to life” after a conversation with the Bermuda Environmental Sustainable Taskforce [BEST]. “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 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.

[. . .] “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. [. . .]

For full article, see http://www.royalgazette.com/lifestyle/article/20170306//

For more on the film, see http://www.kristin-alexander.com/trusting-rain-2/

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