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The Shape of Water
Year:  2006
Running Time:  70 minutes
Country:  Senegal, Israel, Palestine, Brazil, India
Genre:  Documentary
Cast:  Narrator: Susan Sarandon
Director:  Kum-Kum Bhavnani

Description:
  [Screening @ the Tiburon Film Society]

The Shape of Water is a feature documentary that tells the stories of powerful, imaginative and visionary women confronting the destructive development of the Third World with new cultures and a passion for change. The film takes us to Senegal, Israel/Palestine, Brazil, and India where these new cultures, alongside old traditions, end female genital cutting (FGC), offer innovative forms of opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and show how women are spearheading the implementation of renewable resources and rainforest preservation by tapping trees to obtain rubber.

The Shape of Water also takes us to a vast co-operative of rural women in India (SEWA) and, in the foothills of the Himalayas, to a farm, Navdanya, set up to preserve biodiversity and women’s role as seed keepers. By interweaving images, words, and the actions of Khady, Bilkusben, Oraiza, Dona Antonia, and Gila. The Shape of Water offers fresh and nuanced insights into the lives of women in the Third World.

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