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[Ambassador report] [Thematic Report] [Environmental movie]: Historias de Agua

by Kevin Lopez | 20-10-2020 14:07 Comments 4 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

Historias de Agua is a 53-minute Peruvian documentary directed by Juan Manuel Torres-Solari Injoque and Gabriela Delgado Maldonado. It was released in 2017 in the Congress of the Republic of Peru. The documentary visually and narratively travels the path of water, from its origins to the cities that consume it. Unfortunately, this tour is a tragic history of pollution that comes from colonial times and that, to this day, claims human lives due to the high contamination of heavy metals in their bodies. In this way, Historias de Agua highlights the fragility of water sources and their surrounding ecosystems when they are related to the terrible contamination of mining activity.

It achieves a significant impact on the viewer as it gathers testimonies from people who experience the contamination of their waters, crops and animals that they consume for a living. Thus, like a trip, it transports us to the heights of the Peruvian Andes to see through the screen the impact of the mining tailings generated for years and that today coexist with the population a street away. The documentary closes by showing us Lima, the capital of Peru, where one third of the national population lives exposed to a simple catastrophic earthquake to run out of water for months. And when asked: do you know where the water you drink comes from? There are only wrong and doubtful answers.

I was interested in seeing this documentary because it is a national production, which reflects the reality of a country that calls itself a miner, like Peru, but which, behind it, we find poverty, pollution, misery and death. Definitely this documentary has a great message with it, and it is sad to admit that despite this, today, three years after its premiere, things are not different from then. The protests by children with high levels of lead in their blood as a result of mining contamination have been, even during the COVID 19 pandemic, news that has made the headlines.

Historias de Agua is available on Youtube through this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K8Sk93qP00

Cover of the documentary Historias de Agua


SJ Mentor

  • SJ Mentor says :
    Hello Kevin!
    It's your SJ mentor.

    Greetings from Korea!
    Thank you for sharing your thematic report with us.
    As we youngers are outstanding in terms of connectivity, empathic ability by having approach to media such as environmental movies, documentaries can increase environmental awareness.
    It is regretful that things are not changed until now since the film produced.
    Are there some good ideas to handle this tragic behavior with children?
    Hope things are fine with you.
    I appreciate your devotion to Eco Generation.

    SJ mentor.
    Posted 02-11-2020 06:33

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings kevin
    I hope you are doing well
    Very well written
    Thank you so much for this report
    Keep writing
    Green cheers
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 28-10-2020 11:43

Mun WooJooMentor

  • Mun WooJooMentor says :
    Hello Kevin,
    this is your mentor WooJoo.

    Thank you for sharing such an informative report.
    It is sad that innocent people are being exposed to polltion coming from mining,
    and that they are experiencing high level of heavy metal accumulated in their body.
    I'm afraid to say that this may cause to permanent illness.
    Hope their health, security and water supply are protected by introducing a minimum limit distance between the mining and the town, or stric regulations for their safety.

    Thank you once again.

    Best wishes,
    Posted 25-10-2020 04:47

Puja Khadka

  • Puja Khadka says :
    Hello Kevin,
    Greetings from Nepal!
    I hope you are all good.
    Firstly thank you for sharing such an informative report.
    I will definitely keep this in my watch list.
    Keep sharing more and more.
    With Regards,
    Puja khadka
    Posted 20-10-2020 21:40

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