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Kevin McMahon / Canada / 2009 / 109 ' / English


Sam Roberts
Sufjan Stevens
Sigur Ros
Robbie Robertson
Brian Eno
KristinaMcLaughlin, Michael McMahon, Gerry Flahive & Mark Achbar
Narrated by The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie
International Distribution: The National Film Board of Canada/PrimitiveEntertainment

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The great lakes are changing and something's not quite right with the water.


WATERLIFE follows the epic cascade of the Great Lakes to theAtlantic Ocean. From the icy cliffs of Lake Superior to the ornate fountains ofChicago to the sewers of Windsor, this feature-length documentary tells thestory of the last huge supply (20 per cent) of fresh water on Earth.

The source of drinking water, fish and emotional sustenancefor 35 million people, the Great Lakes are under assault by toxins, sewage,invasive species, dropping water levels and profound apathy. Some scientistsbelieve the lakes are on the verge of ecological collapse.

Filled with fascinating characters and stunning imagery,WATERLIFE is an epic cinematic poem about the beauty of water and the dangersof taking it for granted.

The film is narrated by The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie andfeatures music by Sam Roberts, Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Ros, Robbie Robertson andBrian Eno.


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