WEF-supported documentary “Brave Blue World” premieres in Los Angeles

Global water leaders, innovators and activists gathered on Dec. 16 in Los Angeles for the world premiere of “Brave Blue World,” a powerful new documentary that aims to change people’s perception of water.

The world’s first screening of the stunning, 50-minute documentary, narrated by Liam Neeson, was met with rapturous applause at the blue carpet event held at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles.

More than 200 supporters and guests from the corporate world, environmental NGOs, charities, impact investors, utilities and film and media representatives joined the celebrations, raising a glass of beer – made from recycled wastewater – to toast the milestone.

“Brave Blue World” crosses five continents and features a diverse range of innovation, from a NASA research centre that reveals how water is recycled in space and a textile plant in India that is meeting 90 percent of its water needs from recycled water, to the world’s largest algae-powered wastewater treatment plant in Spain and a children’s home in Kenya where 50 litres of water a day is being provided from humidity in the air.

“Brave Blue World” was made in association with Prospect Arts production company and partners WEF, DuPont Water Solutions, SUEZ, L’Oreal and Xylem. Impact partners include Water.org, Water Alliance, Aqualia and environmental consultant 501cTHREE.

“The Brave Blue World premiere saw a unique and diverse gathering of friends, new and old, come together to unite around a common goal – to use the power of storytelling to drive positive change in water,” said executive producer Paul O’Callaghan. “It was a fitting way to conclude one part of our journey and begin another. I felt very proud to have reached this milestone and am grateful for the opportunity to work with such amazing people.”

Director and producer Tim Neeves added: “We believe that everyone should have the right to safe drinking water and sanitation, yet that is still not a reality for many in our world today. As we saw during the journey of making this film, there is hope and we can all play our part.”

Walt Marlowe, executive director of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), one of Brave Blue World’s supporting partners, said: “It is important to convey a sense of hope and spirit of optimism for water and that is why WEF is thrilled to be a production partner for Brave Blue World. “By showing a path to a sustainable water future, Brave Blue World can help us influence leaders, increase resources, change policies, and improve stewardship of water.”

“Brave Blue World” will be shown at a variety of screenings, from utilities, to universities and corporations. If you would like to host your own local screening, go to braveblue.world. A European premiere of the documentary is being planned for some time this year.

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