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AQUARELA presented as part of H2O Today

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West Valley Arts Presents:

H2O Today invites visitors to explore the beauty and essential nature of water, our planet’s lifeblood. Through immersive content, interactives, and digital media, the exhibition explores the diversity and challenges of our global water sources and promotes conversation, creativity, and innovation across disciplines. 

Tonight's post-film discussion is moderated by Jed Rogers (Senior State Historian and Co-Editor, Utah Historical Quarterly) and features Zach Frankel (Utah Rivers Council), Holly Simonsen (Friends of Great Salt Lake), and Naomi Smith (Park City High School Earth Club President and staffer at Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter).

H2O Today is part of Think Water Utah, a statewide collaboration and conversation on the critical topic of water presented by Utah Humanities and its partners.


H2O Today is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. It was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History (New York) and the Science Museum of Minnesota (St. Paul), in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center (Cleveland), Field Museum (Chicago), Instituto Sangari (Sao Paulo), National Museum of Australia (Canberra), Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), San Diego Natural History Museum, and Science Centre Singapore.

Aquarela poses a thought-provoking question: what would a movie feel like if its main character — its driving emotional heartbeat — was not human at all, but an element of nature?

Spanning the globe, Aquarela unfolds as a fiercely lyrical, multi-sensorial experience that seeks to break the boundaries between human and nature. The film includes footage captured in seven different countries — Scotland, Mexico, Russia, Greenland, Venezuela, Portugal and the U.S. — plus dramatic, exclusive footage taken across the Atlantic Ocean. The screen becomes an access point for audiences to give in to pure sensation, seeing, hearing and viscerally feeling the essence of a substance so essential to us that we usually take all its glories — and its incipient threats — for granted. At a time rife with catastrophic images that overwhelm, Aquarela attempts something entirely different. It invites audiences to come closer, and even closer, so that you might enter nature’s power and experience our own raw fragility in a new way.

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    89 minutes
  • Language
    English, Russian, Spanish
  • Country
    Russian Federation
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