Film Schedule

Exploring the Mother of Waters (2006)

When: February 26, 2008, 7 pm

Presented by: Brian Eustis '99, Co-Director and Director of Cinematography

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Local peoples call it 'Mae Nam Khong' which means 'Kong, Mother of Waters.' The Mekong Basin, is one of the worlds most diverse natural and cultural environments. Until this film, significant portions of the rivers mainstream had not been navigated, explored, or filmed at ground level. Exploring the Mother of Waters uses the historic first full exploration of the river by Mick O'Shea from its source in Tibet to the South China Sea, as a medium through which to expose the natural and cultural wonders of the region and some of the more pressing issues that threaten it's future.

The Mekong River system is the most productive inland fishery on our planet and it possesses the third greatest plant and animal diversity on earth after the Amazon and Nile basins. However, dam builders in China are in the process of constructing a series of mega dams that will flood around 13% of the Mekong's entire length and forever compromise the 'Mother of Waters' ability to deliver the water, silt and fisheries upon which millions of people and a myriad of environments depend.

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