Water Is Our Future
Five-part documentary series

The documentary series “Water Is Our Future” tells the story of five exceptional regions which show that a huge problem for mankind can be solved: our handling of the element that’s vital for life - water.

In Germany we show how the filthiest sewer in the country is turned into a beautiful and clean river. The land of the dykes, the Netherlands, has begun to pursue completely new strategies in the battle against floods and the rise in the sea level. The Colorado River in the Unites States of America is the most important water supply for the south-west of the US but it is no longer a true river. The delta area in Mexico no longer receives a drop of water from it. But here, too, the unimaginable has come to pass: the estuary has blossomed into new life. Andalusia in Spain is the only part of Europe that’s threatened with desertification. But with old traditions and modern technology farmers find the means of drastically reducing water consumption. And on the sacred River Jordan, which is equally venerated by Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians, the clash about mankind’s number one staple could form the basis for advancing the cause of peace between the belligerent peoples.

Visually powerful (using quadrocopters, helicopters and ROVs), highly relevant and future-oriented.

Five-part documentary series produced by LÄNGENGRAD Filmproduktion in coproduction with ARTE G.E.I.E., with the participation of UshuaïaTV, in cooperation with SEPPIA; for WDR

World sales: Albatross World Sales

The Colorado – A River in Search of its Estuary
Written & directed by Frank Nischk // Camera: Michael Kern // Sound: Steven Rudi Altig // Film editor: Maximilian Narkovic // Additional footage: Sonoran Institute, Andrew Quinn, Owen Bissel //

Andalusia’s Hidden Treasure
Written & directed by Tanja Winkler // Camera: Michael Kern // Sound: Steven Rudi Altig // Film editor: Jan Wilm Schmülling // Additional footage: Francisco Márquez // Support Andalusia: Eike Albrecht, Paloma Ucha, Christian Stielike //

The Emscher – The Miracle in the Coalfields
Written & directed by Daniel Münter // Camera: Sven Kiesche // Sound: Julian Kiesche // Film editor: Maximilian Narkovic //

The Netherlands – The Pact with Water
Written & directed by Michael R. Gärtner // Camera: Sven Kiesche // Sound: Ilhan Coskun // Film editor: Maximilian Narkovic // Additional footage: Ilhan Coskun, Serge Dumont, Markus Greulich, Christoph Hübner //

The Jordan – River of Peace?
Written & directed by Michael R. Gärtner // Camera: Michael Kern // Sound: Steven Rudi Altig // Film editor: Jan Wilm Schmülling // Additional footage: Ivo Glass, Yoav Kleinman, Harel Ben-Nun, Charl Rorich // Unit manager Israel: Menachem Avny // Unit manager Jordan: Nader Salman //

All parts:
Music: Thomas Wolter // Sound editor: Paul Drey // Grading: Aidan Obrist, Christophe Reynaud // Sound mix: Frank Rivolet, Kinan Moualla, Pascal Lustig // Narrator: Paul Bendelow // Postproduction coordination: Céline Burgy // Production assistant: Laura Bleifuß // Support: Frank Nischk // Production manager: Katja Sträter // Series conceived by Thomas Weidenbach // Executive producers: Thomas Weidenbach, Sarah Zierul //

ARTE G.E.I.E. - commissioning editors: Christian Cools, Sabine Joertz // Supervising editor: Alexander von Harling // Production: Yvette Durrenberger, Heike Lettau //

WDR ‚Planet Schule’ und ‚Xenius’, commissioning editor: Birgit Keller-Reddemann //

Length: 5 x 43 min, 52 min / 5 x 12 Min in HD



Broadcast date:

Theos Tierwelt - Die Arche vor der Haustür (Schulfernsehfassung)

28.11.2017 | 08:20 | WDR

Wasser ist Zukunft: Der Colorado - Ein Fluss sucht seine Mündung

29.11.2017 | 10:50 | arte

Wasser ist Zukunft: Andalusiens geheimer Schatz

29.11.2017 | 11:30 | arte

Wasser ist Zukunft: Die Emscher - Das Wunder im Kohlenpott

30.11.2017 | 10:50 | arte

Wasser ist Zukunft: Die Niederlande - Der Pakt mit dem Wasser

30.11.2017 | 11:30 | arte

Theos Tierwelt - Neue Arten braucht die Welt (Schulfernsehfassung)

05.12.2017 | 08:20 | WDR

Wasser ist Zukunft: Der Colorado - Ein Fluss sucht seine Mündung

11.12.2017 | 08:45 | arte