Salford academic's award-winning short film on sustainability has UK premiere

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An award-winning short film from a University of Salford lecturer which celebrates sustainability and water is premiering this week.

One Day We Will Dance with You is the work of English and drama lecturer Kate Adams, who wrote, produced and starred in the short film which uses dance and film to raise awareness and encourage sustainable water use.

The film has been screened across the world and picked up awards from festivals in Florida, Rome, Paris and Amsterdam. It will have its UK premiere this week online at the Big Syn International Film Festival in London.

Created as part of the Water is Attracted to Water project, the film explores how humanity can come together in the face of the current climate and ecological crisis to build a stronger relationship with the natural world and ourselves.

Kate said on the film: “We need to find ways to imagine and build different ways of living, which means scientists, engineers, artists, musicians, architects, all kinds of people working together. I think that’s the challenge for the coming years.

“There are a lot of emotions about the climate crisis. Fears and grief about biodiversity and ecological collapse as well as anger but then sometimes there is more hope because there is good work also happening too. For me, it is really important to create spaces where we can share ideas and experiences through artistic practice.”

Kate collaborated with director Alkis Papastathopoulos, choreographer Medie Megas and University alumnus Tom Le Cocq, who composed the score for the film.

Tom said: “This festival is organised as part of a United Nations sustainable development goals commitment so there’s a lot [featured] about positive action and change as well as the challenges we are facing. It brings together a lot of different perspectives and it is about getting people’s stories out there.”

The film festival is an opportunity to watch a variety of films from all over the world with all screenings free and available to watch on the website. It runs from Sunday 23 October until Friday 28 October.

The project was funded by WATERAGRI, a European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement No. 858735 that aims to re-introduce and enhance sustainable solutions for water retention and nutrient recycling to sustain growing populations and cope with the current climate crisis.

Watch a trailer for the short film below. 

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