The Water Dancers International Premiere in Poland

11 Oct 2018 - 10:15


CFMS graduates' documentary The Water Dancers premieres in Krakow, Poland on October 20th, in competition at the International Green Film Festival, following its national festival tour with screenings in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town this year. Succeeding the international premiere, the 25-minute documentary will travel to four more African countries: Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Kenya and Namibia, as part of the Goethe-Institut’s Science Film Festival.

The Water Dancers tells a story about striking a balance between increasing human development and environmental conservation. It does so by offering its audience a poetic glimpse at one of the most delicate and resilient species in the natural world, the dragonfly. The Water Dancers connects people to small creatures and teaches us why the small things matter. Being among the oldest animal species on Earth, dragonflies’ survival through some of the most arduous eons of life is a testament to their sensitive nature. Scientists have honed into these sensitivities to design best practices for conserving natural ecology into the future, alongside human development. Some of the most groundbreaking work has already seen decades of successful implementation in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Though trailblazing, these practices are not presented in the documentary as our end goals, but rather as authentic blueprints with proven impact, from which we can grow and continue to innovate. The film is proud to promote the work being carried out on home soil as a beacon for the world. South Africa is among the most biodiverse countries on the planet, presenting us with a unique opportunity and a prodigious responsibility to pioneer a passage into the future. Read more about the featured conservation projects at

While the film aims to promote important and innovative efforts that combat environmental crises, it also offers an evocative journey through the eyes of a dragonfly, telling a story of suffocation and spurring a fervent tenacity among global citizens to be accountable for their footprints.

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