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NEWS: Barlow’s ‘Blue Covenant’ inspires Bollywood film ‘Paani’

The Ottawa Citizen reports that, “Maude Barlow is going Bollywood. The veteran Canadian activist and internationally-renowned campaigner against creeping corporate control of the world’s dwindling fresh water supplies, has won the admiration of Indian movie director Shekhar Kapur and the prospect a blockbuster world stage for her cause.”

“In November, Kapur starts shooting Paani, a love story about water — Paani is the Hindi word for water.”

“Kapur calls it his ‘passion project’ and credits Barlow’s book Blue Covenant for giving him a major piece of inspiration.”

“Kapur found Barlow after meeting documentary maker Irena Salina and seeing her film Flow.”

Kapur says, “I have been wanting to make this movie for a long time. Irena said ‘you have to read Maude’s book.’ Blue Covenant was the spark that coalesced the idea.
…I thought about what kind of world we will be living in. I wanted to create a city (in the movie) that is representative of the whole world.”

Barlow adds, “It’s a whole other vehicle and whole new venue for telling the story. We’re hoping to reach a whole new audience with Paani — people who think water comes from a tap or a plastic bottle. Lots of people are blissfully unaware of this as an issue. So getting a movie made by the best of the best is really exciting for us.”

The full article is at http://www.ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/movie-guide/story.html?id=3121515.