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Title:Bread and water
Editor:Strasburg, TonyISNI
Publisher:Big World Cinema Production, 2002
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:water supply
drinking water
documentary films (form)
videos (form)
Abstract:Also titled 'The tap', this documentary film is an account of a service delivery in action, which acquires the force of a parable. In a village near Port St Johns, South Africa, there is no electricity or running water. Villagers have to walk miles to a contaminated water source, and disease is rife. Then a 'bakkie' piled high with blue pipes arrives, and their lives are changed forever. The film charts their increasing excitement tinged with scepticism as the pipe trench begins to snake through their fields - their hopes for the future growing with it. In the end a single tap comes to symbolize prayers finally answered. Paradoxically, it also opens their eyes to possibilities beyond the village, to a world where they are no longer hewers of wood and drawers of water. [Abstract reproduced from dvd-video]