Bhutan is one of the world’s two carbon-negative countries. But, sandwiched between carbon-emitting giants China and India, it suffers from climate-related issues that have led to its disastrous water crisis. After his children leave him, Daw, an elderly Bhutanese villager, must fend for himself. In this powerful documentary, Directors Charles Zhang and Alina Peng thoughtfully explores a community made empty because of water.
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About the filmmakers: Charles Zhang is a documentary filmmaker based in Seattle, Washington and was named a National Geographic Early Career Grantee in 2019 to co-direct and produce films on climate change and social inequities. Charles’ work has been featured in Scientific American and CFR.org. In 2020, Charles graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
Alina Peng is a multimedia storyteller and filmmaker based in New York City. She was named a National Geographic Explorer in 2019, where she co-directed and co-produced a series of documentary films on the intersection of feminism and climate change. Her multimedia work has previously been showcased at SXSW and The New York Times, among other outlets. In 2020, Alina received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
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