2016 (UK) 58 min, Documentary
Synopsis: There Will Be Water follows British engineer Bill Watts and his team in their quest to solve chronic food and water shortages in the Middle East. Their plan? Build an entirely new kind of farm, in the middle of the Sahara Desert.
The film opens with soaring shots of desert dunes - dry, enormous, unconquerable, silent. Director Per Liebeck quickly establishes the Sahara as the site of a humanitarian crisis. Media clips and press headlines fill the screen and we overhear water expert Steven Soloman tell a newscaster that the "Middle East is the first region to run out of water in modern history". Later, we cross the cracked ground of a Yemeni city and watch with locals as water is delivered by truck, then pumped into their apartment buildings. Finite quantities without guarantee of being replenished.
Indeed, groundwater is drying up and food is running out - countries like Qatar, Yemen and Jordan currently import 90% of all food. As you can imagine this is causing concern, political unrest and conflict. Thankfully, it's also sparking innovation.