Development in Bad Waters

Many of us still don’t know the difference between charity and development. While the total amount of foreign aid to Bangladesh since its independence is nearing $50 billion, the income gap has continued to increase. The inequalities persist in a range of human living conditions, not just in a financial sense. This film is concerned with some of those living conditions, starting with health, access to nutritious food and to safe and reliable drinking water. These are matters of grave urgency since the discovery of arsenic in the water almost two decades ago. The film explores the many failures to reach marginalised people and communities as a whole.

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Duration: 61 minutes
(Post-)Production: Crelis Rammelt.
Camera: Anton Rammelt, John Merson, Crelis Rammelt.
Post-production supervision: Arno Beekman, RGBAZ.
Music: flute and tabla (Bruce Miller) / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
With thanks to the generous support of our sponsors.
Prepared in collaboration with the Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of New South Wales.

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The Largest Mass Poisoning in History, Arsenic Contamination in Rural Bangladesh

This documentary is the result of a collaboration between the Arsenic Mitigation & Research Foundation and the Environmental Policy & Management program at the University of New South Wales. It provides an introduction to the arsenic calamity in Bangladesh and to some of the efforts to address it.

The Largest Mass Poisoning in History (2008). Videorecording. J. Merson and C.F. Rammelt. Dhaka, AMRF, Sydney, EPM Graduate Research Program at UNSW, JMA Production.