Project Description

One Water is a collaborative project at the University of Miami aimed at engaging the media to bring awareness to the global water challenge.  This project is made possible by major funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and enables journalists, communities and media makers from around the world to address the world’s water challenge from their unique perspectives allowing local voices to join the global conversation about water.  One Water has created an international network of journalists and media makers with the purpose of generating the most compelling journalism relating to water, human life and the environment.

The challenges facing the planet with regard to the provisioning of safe potable water are many.  Filmed in 15 countries, the movie One Water highlights a world where water is exquisitely abundant in some places and dangerously lacking in others.  It celebrates the ways water has touched human lives around the globe and leaves audiences with a fundamental question, is water a human right or a commodity?  Through a starkly emotional journey, spectators are invited to witness and are encouraged to recognize this global crisis as their very own as watching scenes from all over the world reveal how water is inspiring innovation, compassion and hope.  The film began as a non-verbal visual story that allowed audiences all over the world to understand its visual message without the hindrance of a language barrier.  Over time, One Water has evolved, and screenings now include along with the non-verbal film, a feature film narrated by Donna E. Shalala, and a television version narrated by Martin Sheen which debuted on Planet Green.