What is Walk to Water: Sri Lanka?
Walk to Water: Sri Lanka is a film about three lads who travel to North East Sri Lanka to find clean water, and in the process raise funds for water and sanitation.
When we first spoke to Navin, Founder of Water and Toilets, FootNote Films wasn't in existence yet. This was sometime in July 2013. We got to talking about the work he does in Kenya, Cambodia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka in helping folks there gain access to clean water.
To us, that was a bit of a stretch to imagine. In our respective countries, all we had to do was turn on the tap and voila, water! Navin explained that that wasn’t the case in North East Sri Lanka. There, they dig shallow wells to get water, with no access to filters or a filtration system. They filter the water through their saris (a traditional Indian women’s clothing) to remove sedimentation and foreign particles. To ensure it’s as safe as they can make it for consumption, they boil it. And this was the way things were done in many villages in that area. Navin needed fundraisers to help build tube wells in these areas that would gain them access to clean water.
What Navin told us stuck in our minds, resonated with us deeply. But work commitments kept us occupied and busy. We gave Navin some contacts of people he could meet to help him out and wished him the best, and that was that.
FootNote Films then shot its first short film in November about homeless people in Kuala Lumpur, http://bit.ly/1isrf16. Subsequently, we got approached to collaborate with another production house to cover a music festival, which you can watch here: http://bit.ly/1cGYR3n
We then bumped into Navin at a restaurant by pure chance, and he’d just come back again from Sri Lanka. As he told us more stories of what he'd seen, we thought that there was definitely a story that needed to be told here, through the medium of film. We pitched the idea to him, he said let’s do it and here we are.
We need your help to make this happen. Get us to Sri Lanka and back. Allow us to capture the reality on the ground. We think the tale of the struggles people face just to get a clean glass of drinking water is a story worth telling.
Navin rightly put it, “Water is a basic human need”. Now help us, FootNote Films, take you on a journey with Walk to Water: Sri Lanka and let’s together help Water and Toilets make a difference.
Walk to Water: Sri Lanka will shed light on the situation on the ground in North East Sri Lanka post-civil-war. While the authorities wax lyrical about how beautiful a country Sri Lanka is (which it is), there are still people without access to clean water in the 21st century.
The monies raised from this movie will go towards the funding of a tube well that will supply clean water to the villagers of Mahilekullam. It will also be used for the construction of a village pre-school as the current building is dilapidated and unsafe for them to study in.
Ultimately, we believe the only way to break the cycle of poverty is through education. We hope with access to clean water, better health and the construction of this pre-school that the children and people of Mahilekullam are given a fighting chance to build a better tomorrow for themselves.
What We Need & What You Get
We'll need USD5500 to make this documentary happen.
The breakdown of the costs will be as follows:
USD2500 - Flights and accommodation for the three of us in Sri Lanka, encompassing return flight tickets, accommodation, transport, food and a translator while we're there.
USD1000 - Post-production of Walk to Water: Sri Lanka, involving dialogue editing, composing and recording or purchase of music tracks, design and recording of sound effects, colour grading and correction.
USD 1000 - We want Walk to Water: Sri Lanka to be seen by as many people as possible. We'll be submitting it to the local and international film festival circuit such as Cannes, Sundance, Venice, Frightfest, Raindance, Berlin, Edinburgh, Montreal, Sitges, Toronto, New York, Atlanta, SXSW and Cluj. Submissions to these festivals cost an average of USD50 each. We'll also be organizing premieres in both Malaysia and Australia as well.
USD1000 - This will go towards a water project with Water and Toilets in Sri Lanka, a small contribution for all the dedication and hard work they've put towards providing access to clean water for Sri Lanka.
So please do help us make Walk to Water: Sri Lanka a reality. We need you. As a small incentive, we've got some real awesome keepsakes for our contributors.
We plan to have the documentary and your keepsakes ready by July 2014.
We're committed to going to Sri Lanka to make Walk to Water: Sri Lanka. We've already gone ahead and purchased our flight tickets to get us there. But there's a long way to go and we're normal working folk with not much money to spare. There's a compelling story there to be told, a story WE would like to tell. Through this story we're hoping to raise awareness of the water and sanitation issues of villages in North East Sri Lanka. If you help us, you'll also be part of the solution. You'll help the drilling of a tube well for a village and the construction of the pre-school. No amount is too small, trust us.
Ferdinand (Ferdi) was never satisfied with answers or stories direct from the newspapers or media, burdened with an inquisitive mind and thirst for honesty, he was always driven to get to the crux of an issue. The part where the story originates from. Walk to Water: Sri Lanka is first and foremost a story of access to clean water but underneath that layer lies a story of human grit, of perseverance and truth. That is the story he wants to tell.
One of two Hanns in the Footnote crew. Hann 2 received more than a law degree from his time in university, getting heavily into live music photography in the mental metal scene in London and travelling around Europe with more memory cards than clothes. Video was the natural step forward in telling visual stories. Walk to Water: Sri Lanka is one of those stories. Travel, culture, good mates, a camera in hand and most importantly, a good cause for fellow humans - these are the projects we live to do.
Hailing from Melbourne, Jeff spent the last 10 years writing and playing music. His music took him around the world and back to where he then decided to nest and focus on film. Over the past two years Jeff has worked in Australia, Nepal, Malaysia, and Thailand and even shot a music video with a camel in India. Jeff believes water is something every living creature on the planet is entitled to. Walk to Water: Sri Lanka is an exploration of people, culture and the struggle to get access to something that Jeff gets anywhere, all the time, for free, in the city he lives in.
Other ways to help
If you can't contribute financially, help us share this campaign and get it out there. Speak to your family and friends about it. Be an advocate for us and for this cause.
Share it on your social media platforms. The power of social media can help us immensely.
Feel free to get in touch with us to say hi or to offer moral support. We promise to reply each e-mail, except when we're over there!