In the last two decades, Israel has been transformed from a thirsty country in the Middle East to a leading international exporter of water-treatment technologies, eyed by neighboring nations and those in Africa for its tackling of one of the world’s biggest problems.
A new film documents such developments in all its boggy detail. “Sustainable Nation,” which screened at the AFI Theater in Silver Spring, Md., on Wednesday as part of the 2019 Washington Jewish Film Festival, follows the stories of three Israelis who have been part of such a change.
“The wars of the future will be fought over water,” said the film’s director, Micah Smith, at a panel following the screening. “I hope films like this can make people aware and start thinking about solutions.”
While agriculture and industry put a stress on water resources in developed nations, large populations in other countries lack access to clean water for basic needs such as drinking and showering. According to the World Orgs, contaminated drinking water is responsible for some 500,000 deaths every year. Sivan Ya’ari, founder of Innovation Africa, tackles this problem through a unique, solar-based water-pumping solution that allows small villages in Africa to develop their own water resources.