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Watch the movie trailer for the documentary Tierra de Agua, filmed by Monterey Institute students Manuel Martinez, Richard Hansen and Cristina Lopez.

Tierra de Agua Trailer

March 28, 2013

Three students from the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program are making a documentary about clean water issues in Nicaragua. Manuel Martinez, Richard Hansen and Cristina Lopez partnered together as the H2Nica team to meet the people of Nicaragua and explore their struggle to have clean water in one of the world's most water-rich countries.

The documentary Tierra de Agua (Land of Water) explores the different existing dimensions (rural, urban and indigenous) in the struggle of access to water and sanitation in Nicaragua, and the historic, economic and institutional implications of that access through the lenses of the people living it daily. H2Nica traveled throughout the country and filmed in Nicaragua’s capital Managua, and the departments of Leon, Matagalpa and Bluefields as well as the island of Rama Ki.

Although there are abundant water resources in the places filmed, oppression, negligence, injustice, discrimination, and inequity play a bigger role in the management than the availability of the water resource itself. At the same time, the documentary presents some existing local solutions to water access found in Nicaragua that can translate into adapted local solutions in other places of the world.

Cristina, Manuel and Richard need your help to cover editing, marketing, and promotion costs of their film. Every dollar goes a long way! Support H2Nica or visit their website tierradeaguafilm.org.

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