José Cohen and Lorenzo Hagerman
2013 | 82 Mins | Mexico
US Premiere | Directors in Attendance
Access to potable water is not a luxury but an essential human right. In the largest city in the Americas, though, Mexico City’s 22 million residents are faced with myriad geographical, economic and political obstacles to a consistent water source. H2O MX investigates the daily issues that the megalopolis faces, from dangerous detergent buildup in the clouds to farmers in Mezquital living off wastewater irrigation to Chalco citizens fending off perennial floods. It’s an unsettling but beautiful watch, and a persuasive one, reminding us that sustainability is more than just a buzzword—it’s a philosophy deeply linked to social justice in an urban setting. The film will leave any urban-dweller wondering how a place so massive and unwieldy can find a way to be sustainable.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Claudio Lomnitz. Lomnitz teaches Anthropology at Columbia University and is the father of activist and H2O MX protagonist, Enrique Lomnitz.
Preceded by the Mead Mixer, a daily happy hour in Cafe on One from 6-7:30 pm
Co-presented with Cinema Tropical