2014 PBS ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 16 - JULY 31

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Digging for Water | KLRU Austin

11:47 mins

Digging for Water | KLRU Austin

11:47 mins

About the Film

Tiga Norelia’s village of Creve has a single water source: a bacteria filled cistern at the bottom of a steep mountain. When a Texas based NGO tries to drill water wells for the community the drilling rig becomes stuck at 225 feet in the ground, threatening any hope of clean drinking water. In order for drilling to continue, the men of the village must dig it out by hand, a near impossible task.

When a drill becomes stuck at 225 feet, a Haitian community must hand dig it out.

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About the Filmmaker

Joshua Riehl is filmmaker based in Austin, Texas with a strong background in investigative journalism. Originally from just near Detroit, Michigan, he moved to Austin in 2009 to attend the University of Texas at Austin. He was a producer for PBS Frontline’s 2010 season premiere “Death by Fire” about the questionable execution of Cameron Todd Willingham. With an interest in criminal justice stories, he was Associate Producer for the 2013 SXSW Film Festival’s Audience Award winning documentary “An Unreal Dream” about the highly publicized case of Michael Morton’s wrongful conviction.

“Digging for Water” came out of three separate trips to Haiti over the course of 18 months and a longtime desire to visit the underdeveloped nation. Falling in love with the country and the people, Riehl intends to continue working in Haiti and hopes to tell the story of dictator “Papa Doc” Duvalier’s tortuous rule in the future.  

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