Documentary filmmaker to screen and discuss film “One Water” at Jule Collins Smith Museum April 2

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Documentary filmmaker Sanjeev Chatterjee will screen and discuss his award-winning film “One Water” Tuesday, April 2, at 5 p.m., at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, as part of Auburn University’s Research Week 2013. A reception will follow.

Filmed in 15 countries, “One Water” examines the many and varied ways water is important to human lives and explores how that relationship is changing as, according to the producer, water grows scarcer.


Kelly Alley, Alumni Professor and director of anthropology in Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts, and Bill Deutsch, professor and founder of Alabama Water Watch and Global Water Watch, will join Chatterjee to discuss water issues that are significant both close to home and around the world.

Alley and Deutsch also are editors and contributors to “Auburn Speaks: On Water,” the 2013 edition of an annual publication on Auburn University research. The publication will launch during Research Week, April 1-4, and copies will be available at the museum.

“The intention of making ‘One Water’ was not to provide audiences with easy answers or solutions to the world’s water crisis,” said Chatterjee. “Rather, we wanted to show the world’s profound connection to water. We wanted to tell visually evocative stories that would immerse everyone in human experiences relating to water. We believe empathy can lead to individual engagement and action. As filmmakers, we see ourselves as facilitators of dialogue and catalysts for positive change.”

In addition to being an award-winning documentary media maker, Chatterjee is a professor at the University of Miami School of Communication. He teaches studio and field production, media and society, writing and documentary production and has been on the faculty of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. He was a featured speaker at TEDxMiami and received a Fulbright scholarship to work with students in India in 2011.

“One Water” is sponsored by the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Auditorium seating is limited, so printing advance tickets online is encouraged as ticket holders will be seated first. Tickets are available at www.jcsm.auburn.edu/programs. For more information, visit www.jcsm.auburn.edu or call (334) 844-8453.

(Contributed by Charlotte Hendrix.)

Contact: Charlotte Hendrix, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art (334) 844-7075 (charlotte.hendrix@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)