Save Water, Save Lives.
A Documentary on Public Health & Environment focusing on Water Pollution and its Impact on Human Health.
I am the Director and Producer of the documentary film.
This is a trailer of my documentary film "Save Water, Save Lives", focusing on water pollution, river pollution, public health and human-made environmental disaster. Water is the source of all life on earth. Three-fourth of Earth's surface is covered by water bodies. But we are now facing water crisis due to climate change and human activities. The film addresses this issue. Visual media is the most powerful tool to transmit a message to the public.
This photo depicts the miserable lives of the floating people living on a river in Bangladesh.
Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)
My project is a documentary film on public health and environment titled “Save Water, Save Lives”. It focuses on water pollution, river damage, water logging & its harmful impact on human health in Bangladesh. My IDEA is- “Film for Bridging Planet and Prosperity”.
Water is one of the major global issues in the world. Without water there can be no existence in the planet and earth. Almost three-fourth of the Earth’s surface is water. It is the source of all life on our planet. Unfortunately, there is scarcity of water & lack of clean drinkable water in many parts of the world.
Access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation services is vital to human health and it sustains human life. It is estimated that around 783 million people, in 43 countries, do not have access to clean water and around 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.
Bangladesh is one such country which is affected from water-related issues, sometimes caused by natural calamity and sometimes human-made disaster. Bangladesh is a land of rivers and it has about 230 rivers. Around 140 million people depend on them for a living and for transportation.
Rivers and lakes are the main sources of water in Bangladesh. But due to rapid urbanization, lakes and rivers have been occupied and it has created serious threats to public health and environment.
Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh is a 400 year old city with a population of over 17 million. The city is situated on the northern bank of river Buriganga and surrounded by other rivers. Unfortunately, these rivers are being polluted due to encroachment and unplanned industrialization. Chemical waste from the rapidly expanding factories and tanneries, is severely affecting the health and long-term sustainability of the river.
To address the water issues & for a solution, I have planned to make the documentary to raise awareness for saving rivers, protecting the lives & environment, and thus bridging Planet & Prosperity.
Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)
The beneficiaries of my project are the children (newborn + all ages), girls, boys, women and men of the whole community living on the bank of the rivers and surrounding areas. Also the dwellers of Dhaka city, who are the victims of water logging due to pollution, encroachment and river damage. The children, girls, boys, women and the masses in the above photographs - all of them are the beneficiaries of my project.
Adverse impact of encroachment and river pollution.
Life is miserable in Dhaka city because of water logging. Its a serious impact of water logging on public life.
Students are suffering because of water logging.
Misery of people for water logging. impact of encroachment and river pollution.
I am with the boatmen in the river Buriganga during my survey trip. The boatmen community live on the bank of the river and they are very much affected.
This is a photo of the polluted Turag river of Bangladesh. Homeless people live on the bank of the river, they use polluted water and get water related diseases.
How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)
We are using visual media to implement a challenging idea. Film is the best medium to touch and attract public sentiment. There have been research, surveys and articles on the issues of water pollution, river damage, health hazard and natural & human made disasters. But it did not have a positive impact on the issues. Visual media is the most powerful tool to create awareness, influence the policy makers, make a positive impact and real change. That's why I believe that my idea is unique and this approach will be more successful. Until now, there is no documentary on this topic.
Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)
Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.
Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)
My company name is "Gravity Design & Media". It provides ICT Education to the less privileged youth and women. I am also working for underprivileged children and women of Bangladesh & supporting "Children & Earth Welfare Society-CEWS". I make documentary films on social & humanitarian issues to raise awareness and influence the policy makers.
The documentary "Safe Food for Life" is produced by me. It is a production of my company "Gravity design & media". I have been working for social causes and at present contamination with food is a critical issue in Bangladesh. The film describes about the poisonous chemicals & harmful pesticides used in food and crops, that causes diseases. Children, youth, men and women of all ages are the victims of food contamination. The film contains statements of physicians, teachers, students & others.
I am an activist and have been associated with voluntary & humanitarian works. For my contribution to the underprivileged children and women, I have been recognized as Global Goodwill Ambassador, Bangladesh by GGA.
This is the FB cover page of my company.
I have been associated with voluntary and humanitarian activities for more than 25 years. The video describes my activities for less privileged people and success of my initiatives.
Gravity Design & Media:
Organization Filing Status
Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.
Yes, we are a registered company.
In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.
In 2011, I started a project on cultural heritage supported by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Bangladesh. One project location was in Tongi, situated on the bank of Turag river. I saw the dying condition of the river & sufferings of people. This inspired me to start a project. On the other hand, river Buriganga is in another part of capital Dhaka, which is also in the same condition. The impact is serious water logging in the city. I have been doing research on the topic for 7 years.
Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).
For a prosperous life, the environment should be pollution free and the masses need a healthy life. If health is in threat, there could be no Peace and no Prosperity. Polluted river, water logging and water scarcity are the major causes of unhealthy environment and diseases in the local community. They are deprived of Clean Water and Sanitation. Prosperity can’t be achieved if people live a hazardous life and can’t improve their living condition. Both climate change and human made disasters are harmfully impacting the lives of community people.
My project is targeting the Sustainable Goals: 3 - Good Health, 6 - Clean Water and sanitation, 10 - Reduced Inequalities, 13 - Climate Action.
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)
The community people of the project areas will be involved and engaged in the process of making my documentary. They will speak about the causes and their sufferings. I had interaction with them during making the trailer. There are volunteers to assist me. Some experts of the related topic will be interviewed and they will give opinion and suggestions for a solution of the problem.
Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)
My strength are the volunteers, young boys, girls, women, the boatmen community living on the riverside areas. I have also my shooting unit that includes camera man, shooting coordinator, camera assistants, light men, production boy etc.
The target country is Bangladesh in South Asia. Main focuses are the rivers & suffered community.
How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)
Five-seven months are required for implementing my idea.
Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)