Watermark is a feature documentary from multiple-award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, marking their second collaboration after Manufactured Landscapes in 2006. The film brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka.We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges at the same time. We speak with scientists who drill ice cores two kilometers deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet, and explore the sublime pristine watershed of Northern British Columbia. Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element, as well as the magnitude of our need and use. In Watermark, the viewer is immersed in a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted- until it’s gone. 

100 minutes


An immersive experience, with stunning visual language, that will transform the way we think about water, and our relationship to it.
— Robert F. Kennedy Jr.


Winner: DGC Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary 2014

Winner: Best Documentary, Canadian Media Awards 2014

Toronto International Film Festival - One of the Top Ten Films of 2013

Winner: Best Canadian Film, Toronto Film’s Critic’s Association 2013 (100K)

Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

TFCA Names 'Watermark' Best Canadian Film (TFCA)

European Premier of WATERMARK at Berlinale Festival (Berlinale Special)


The Creators Project, April 22, 2014:
Making Of 'Watermark,' An Immersive Look At Water
By The Creators Project

LA Times, April 17, 2014:
Review: 'Watermark' is an immersive experience in global water use
By Kenneth Turan

The Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2014:
Watermark review
By Joe Morgenstern

LA Weekly, April 14, 2014:
New Movie Watermark Hits Home in California, Where We're All Obsessed With Water
By Michael Nordine

New York Times, April 3, 2014:
That Bend in the River Might be Manufactured
‘Watermark’ Explores the Human Relationship With Water
By Jeannette Catsoulis

Variety, April 3, 2014:
Film Review: ‘Watermark’
By Peter Debruge

Ten Canadians to Watch at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival
Telefilm Canada

National Post, October 1, 2013:
Watermark, reviewed: A visual triumph, from the team who brought you ‘Manufactured Landscapes’
By Adam McDowell

FT Magazine, September 27, 2013:
The spectacular results are the subject of a new international exhibition
By Clive Cookson

Globe & Mail, September 27, 2013:
Watermark: Terrible beauty in an epic water journey from Ed Burtynsky
By Simon Houpt

The Grid, September 26, 2013:
Watermark Review
By Jason Anderson

NOW Magazine, September 26, 2013:
Watermark - Tapping into a big issue
By Norman Wilner

NOW Magazine, September 26, 2013:
NOW Magazine speaks with Jennifer Baichwal & Edward Burtynsky
By Norman Wilner

Vice Magazine, September 25, 2013:
Discussing 'WATERMARK' in Georgian Bay With Jennifer Baichwal, Nick de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky
By Patrick McGuire

Globe & Mail, September 6, 2013:
With Watermark, Burtynsky and Baichwal finally go with the flow
By James Adams

LA Times, September 5, 2013:
reFramed: In conversation with Edward Burtynsky
By Barbara Davidson

POV Magazine, September 4, 2013:
Watermark: Interview with Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier
By Marc Glassman

@metromorning - Septembr 4, 2013:
Just saw @edwardburtynsky and Jennifer Baichwall's Watermark. Take-your-breath-away beautiful. Looking fwd to talking to them Fri. #TIFF13
By Matt Galloway

CANADIAN ART, August 30, 2013:
Planet Water: Edward Burtynsky’s New Film Partnership
By Daniel Baird


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