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by Aïssa Maïga


From one end of the globe to the other, water is becoming increasingly scarce. For a billion people, access to safe drinking water is almost non-existent… a crisis with huge consequences. As a result, millions of families spend their lives trying to get access to water. Houlaye, 12 years-old, lives in a village in Tatis, Niger. She walks for several kilometers every day to fetch water. It is abundant during rainy season, but not found during the dry season. However, two hundred meters bellow the surface, there is a water source that goes far beyond their imagination. Houlaye’s aunt Suri convinced an NGO to build a well in the village, It is the promise of a new life for those men and women who, unknowingly, had been walking on water forever.


international title: Above Water
original title: Marcher sur l’eau
country: France, Belgium
sales agent: Orange Studio
year: 2021
genre: documentary
directed by: Aïssa Maïga
film run: 89'
release date: FR 10/11/2021
screenplay: Aïssa Maïga, Ariane Kirtley
cinematography by: Rousslan Dion
film editing: Isabelle Devinck, Linda Attab
music: Uèle Lamore
producer: Yves Darondeau, Emmanuel Priou
co-producer: Raphael Perchet, Jean-François Camilleri, Serge Hayat
executive producer: Yves Darondeau, Emmanuel Priou
production: Bonne Pioche, Echo Studio, France 3 Cinéma, Panache Productions, La Compagnie Cinématographique
distributor: Les Films du Losange

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