Bolivia’s Everyday Water War


Bolivia's Everyday Water War is an interactive journey into the struggle of Bolivia's population against privatisations, state avoidance and climate change to fulfill to the most basic human need: water.

  • €22,050 Budget in Euros
  • 2016 Final release date
  • 3 Round winner
  • 1 Location
  • 10 Durations in months

Combining documentary storytelling with data journalism, Bolivia’s Everyday Water War is an interactive journalistic webdoc that brings the user into the life and the everyday combat of Bolivian people to get water access.

The entire recent history of Bolivia can be explained by three distinct perspectives: the Cochabamba uprising in the 2000s brought Evo Morales onto the national political landscape, the new 2006 constitution put the “right to water” on the international agenda, and nowadays access to safe sources is put at stake by climate change and contamination.

Despite the efforts of president Evo Morales to bring water to every corner of the country, access in rural and peripheral areas remain low and advanced sanitation system is only for a minority. Indigenous communities, working-class neighbourhoods, and sometimes even whole cities, tired of waiting, have been organising themselves to develop their own water distribution systems. They have created new systems as alternatives to private and state models.

In an hour-length documentary and through charts and animations, the team behind Bolivia's Everyday Water War join activist Marcela Olivera, who lays bare the scars of Cochabamba’s side in the Water War. José Barros, member of the Plan 3000 cooperative, guides the team along one of Santa Cruz most notorious neighbourhoods. And Jacinto Sirpa, Uma Mallku’s leader of an Altiplano Aymara community located on the outskirts of La Paz, shows them how life is experienced without drinking water.

Let the Water War begin...

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