BBC Africa acquires Chiwetel Ejiofor water crisis film ‘Day Zero’ – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: BBC Africa and Nat Geo (Latin America) are among the international broadcasters on board the film on the water crisis distributed by Fremantle Day zero, which, according to narrator Chiwetel Ejiofor, brings urgency to an environmental problem that is not fully understood.

The documentary produced by Keo Films and OoS Pictures, which traces stories about communities hit by water scarcity, also found a home in Rai in Italy and NHK in Japan. Tech giant Tencent will carry Day zero in China following its creation by the company’s chief exploration officer, David Wallerstein.

Keo and OoS gathered footage for the film over a three-year period, visiting places like Cape Town, South Africa, a city that nearly ran out of water in 2018. International Emmy director Kevin Sim, was then asked to shape the narrative.

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Ejiofor saw a cut of the film and it convinced him to sign up for the project. He told Deadline: “I was so struck by the film, the urgency of its message and the fact that in some ways this is an area that is not very well understood. I have been aware of some of the water shortages, of course, in South Africa. But I hadn’t connected a lot of these dots. It was a vital and important story and really well done.

Sim once told Deadline that Day zero doesn’t pull its punches and viewers will come out “quite berated” about a future that “not only looks dry, but rather bleak”. Ejiofor agreed, but said there was also a pragmatic message.

“It’s not trying to sweeten anything. [It explains that] this is what is happening, this is the information available, and this is where it goes, unless we change course or become a lot more aware of what is going on. It’s very powerful, ”explained Ejiofor.

the 12 years of slavery The actor added that the documentary had a personal resonance, given that he spends part of his time living on a Dutch barge, on which monitoring water consumption is an important part of daily routine. “Everything comes from a tank, so there is a certain amount [of water to use] before it needs to be filled. You are always in constant contact with the amount of water available, the amount used, especially if you are moving the boat. This is something that has been on my mind for a while, ”he said.

Virginia Quinn (The great African civilizations) co-directed Day zero with Sim, who also wrote the screenplay for Ejiofor. The executive producers are Wallerstein and Kari Lia. Will Pugh was director of photography and Marcy Cox was the producer of Keo Films.

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