Friday, April 6, 2007


Original title: Le Porteur d'Eau
In French and Bahasa with English subtitles

Indonesia is a nation of about 17,000 islands in South East Asia. It’s capital is Jakarta and by sea neighbours Singapore, The Philippines and Australia. With a population of over 200 million, it is the world’s fourth most populous country and the one with the most populist Muslim-majority.
Indonesia is a republic having a presidential system with power concentrated in the national government. The President is head of state, commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces and responsible for domestic governance, policy-making and foreign affairs.
Until he was forced to resign from the presidency in May 1998 the country was run as a corrupt dictatorship by Suharto (like most Indonesians, he only has one name) and in 2004, for the first time ever, the people directly voted for the President. Things have much improved for the populace since then.

Gilles Raymond, was active in regional politics when living in Quebec. After spending some time in the Caribbean he eventually wound up on Flores Island in Indonesia. Shocked to learn that many poor villagers had to spend upwards of four hours daily fetching water, he took it upon himself to be the bearer of water with the help of the resident population.

This short documentary (only 50 minutes long) follows him as he organises several communities to bring in potable running water to their village. However his on-screen comments are more about himself than about his project.

for General Audiences

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