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Big River Rising nominated for documentary award

May 2013

Christian Aid’s web documentary, Big River Rising, has been nominated for the Sheffield Doc/Fest Green Award, which honours documentaries addressing major environmental challenges.

Big River Rising tells the story of Banaba, a poor riverside community in Metro Manila, the Philippines, who were forced to flee their shantytown homes due to flooding caused by severe monsoon weather.

It follows trained river monitor, Belen de Guzman, as she helps coordinate the slum evacuation while her own home disappears beneath the floodwaters.

The web documentary, which will be shown at the festival from 12-16 June 2013, uses a combination of photography, text, graphics, audio and video to explore how scientists are working with Christian Aid’s local partners.

They are training poor communities, like, Banaba, to understand their geological environment, the hazards they face and their local chaotic weather systems.

It demonstrates how lifesaving early warning systems and community evacuation plans help save lives, and how local people are empowered to lobby the Filipino government for lasting solutions.

Emma Wigley, co-producer and multimedia officer at Christian Aid said: ‘The work our partners are doing in the Philippines, combining science with disaster resilience, is truly inspiring and an innovative approach to development.

'We hope we have been able to communicate that, as well as giving a voice to the communities we serve.’  

Big River Rising was made with the help of the Manila Observatory, Marine Science Institute, National Institute of Geological Sciences, and multimedia publishing platform, Storyplanet. It was funded by the Department for International Development (DFID).

Funding from UK aid helps support Christian Aid partnerships like those in the Philippines with scientists, and groups representing the urban poor.

Find out more

Background to the Big River Rising project

Visit the Sheffield Doc/Fest website

Read the Christian Aid press release 

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