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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Video Project
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 29 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2013
Available in French: No

Water is essential for food security and livelihood, especially for the millions of rural poor who rely on agriculture. Aghbalou combines a local story of struggle with a global call to action against the growing challenge of sustaining water supplies in the face of an increasingly hostile climate.

Half of Morocco’s population is employed in agriculture and therefore dependent upon groundwater for both food and employment. The Todgha Valley in Southern Morocco is one of the driest habitats on earth. Yet, residents have successfully sustained their livelihoods and agriculture for centuries through an ancient system of underground channels. But today these age-old communities face new threats and challenges from groundwater over-extraction, population growth, and climate change, among others.

The film also shows how new technologies can present unintended problems for the rural poor. When motorized water pumps were introduced to the region, they provided more water, but affected the balance of aquifers and eventually water wasn’t as easy to reach as it once had been, plus the cost was too high for poorer farmers.

Featuring local farmers from the Todgha Valley and international experts, Aghbalou presents potential strategies to adapt to growing water scarcity and insure a secure future for the rural poor.
"Editor's Choice. Highly Recommended. A useful teaching and learning tool. In addition to the local challenges, it emphasizes the broad concepts of water scarcity, and the fundamental reliance that human life and civilization have on adequate water supply." 
– Science Books and Films (AAAS)
"Recommended. The filmmakers foster a necessary conversation related to the water and food insecurity in rural communities and deterioration of water quality. They also accentuate attention to the national and international strategies for reducing water demand, increasing water supplies, and improving domestic and virtual water trade balance….” 
– Educational Media Reviews Online

Scene Selection  •  Closed Captioned

Winner, Social Justice Category
UKCFF, London

Official Selection:
MIC Genero Festival, Mexico
TrueDoc Documentary Festival 
Voices from the Waters Festival, India
13th MAFF Matsalu Nature Film Festival, Estonia
Marda Loop Justice Film Festival, Canada
AfryKamera African Film Festival, Poland
Mostra Internacional de Cinema da Amazonia, Brazil

Screened at:
Water History Conference, France 
London Middle East Institute (LMEI) Conference, UK
COP22, Marrakech, Morocco 
The Eden Project's Festival of Hope, UK 

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