In an intimate encounter with five very different women in Brazil,
India, Jerusalem, and Senegal (narrated by Susan Sarandon with introductory
narration co-written by Edwidge Danticat) THE SHAPE OF WATER
offers a close look at the far reaching and vibrant alternatives
crafted by women in response to environmental degradation, archaic
traditions, lack of economic independence and war.
The documentary weaves together the daily life stories of Khady,
Bilkusben, Oraiza, Dona Antonia, and Gila who, through candor and
humor, infuse their communities with a passion for change. The women:
- spearhead rainforest preservation (women working as rubber-tappers
in the Brazilian rainforest);
- sustain a vast co-operative of rural women (India: SEWA: the
largest trades union in the world with 700,000 members);
- promote an end to female genital cutting (FGC) (Senegal: communities
- strengthen opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestine
(Women in Black in Jerusalem);
- maintain a farm, Navdanya (in the foothills of the Himalayas)
to further economic independence and biodiversity by preserving
women’s role as seed keepers.
By revealing the women’s revolutionary actions THE SHAPE
OF WATER offers a unique view of the complex realities faced by
these unsung visionaries creating a more just world.
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