Here in Charleston, it’s easy to not think about water that often. We’re lucky enough to live by the sea and often take for granted its wonders. But what about those people who live in places where there isn’t clean water? Or where water sources have become deserts? These are all questions that award-winning documentary filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier ask in Watermark, which screens Wed. Nov. 5. 

Photographer Edward Burtynsky joins the film crew to add visual elements and share stories from across the globe about our relationship with water, including how civilizations are drawn to it, how we use it, and what that usage means in the long term. The documentary takes viewers to floating farms off the Fujian coast to the dried up delta of the Colorado River to leather tanneries in Bangladesh that rely on water.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and Charleston Waterkeeper are bringing Watermark to the Charleston Music Hall (37 John St.), and tickets cost $5, which will be donated to Charleston Waterkeeper. For more information, visit