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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

UK Launch of Black River Business

19th April 2011, 17:45 to 20:00, The Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, NE1 4QG, Sudheer Gupta

The documentary 'Black River Business' was produced by Indian documentary film maker, Sudheer Gupta, who was a Fellow at the IAS during its year long focus on Water in 2009-10.  As part of his IAS Fellowship Sudheer completed some filming for this documentary.  This is the UK launch of his film.   

The film's central focus is on the River Yamuna in Delhi and how the constant pollution of the river, which is slowly turning the river black, is endangering not only the life of the river, but also the cultural and spiritual practices of those who live near the river and who use it as part of their daily life. The film also explores the history of the rivers Tyne, Tees and Wear.   Through a series of interviews - with contacts at Durham University, Northumbrian Water, Newcastle University, and also the local mining community - Sudheer examines how the UK managed to revive these rivers from contamination, particularly the industrial pollution of the 19th and 20th centuries. The juxtaposition of these UK rivers and the River Yamuna is telling - Sudheer sees this film as being about globally interconnected water, shared histories of clean rivers becoming polluted, and working industrial rivers coming alive. 

The film makes for fascinating viewing and following the film Sudheer will be present for a question and answer session to address the many issues the film raises. 


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