In partnership with IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, we are organising an online in-depth discussion for UMA: A Water Crisis In Bolivia. The documentary follows three indigenous communities in the Bolivian highlands take on the mining companies polluting their water. They demand compensation and full information, but the miners have the government’s backing and can operate with apparent impunity. A story of resistance, courage, and the fight for environmental justice.
After the screening, writer and filmmaker Rachel Visscher will talk to director Ana Llacer and associate professor Sergio Salinas Rodríguez. Sergio works for IHE Delft and is originally from Bolivia. The audience will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the guests.
Ana Llacer is a Spanish journalist, communication professional, and independent documentary filmmaker based in New York City. Her primary areas of interest are environmental justice and natural resource extraction, migration, and social justice.
Dr. Sergio Salinas Rodríguez is a desalination and water treatment technology professional from Bolivia. Sergio is involved in teaching and curriculum development of the MSc Programme in Urban Water and Sanitation at IHE Delft. Furthermore, he has worked in capacity building and in research and innovation projects, and has been project leader in several of them.
Rachel Visscher is a writer of various fiction and non-fiction books, a documentary filmmaker and a journalist. She studied social history, holds a research master’s degree in social sciences and honed her creative skills at an art academy. In 2019 she launched the first Instagram novel @byfarihah. The project was greeted with critical acclaim. Currently, she works as a communication advisor at a research organisation that studies the impact of technology on society.
IHE Delft Institute for Water Education is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world and is based in Delft, the Netherlands. Since 1957, the institute has built a network of 23,000 alumni from 190 different countries, mostly from Africa, Asia and Latin America. A variety of research projects are also carried out in collaboration with partners, to strengthen capacity in the international water sector. IHE Delft strives to make a tangible contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals, in which water plays a central role.