My name is water
"...deeply personal and an ode to the human spirit."
- Influx Magazine
Director: Justin Arana
Runtime: 94 mins
GENRES: Documentary, Poverty, World Studies, Travel
"I may die tomorrow, and that's just the way it is; but if in the morning, you are the dead one, would you be happy with the way you have lived your life?"
- Leo Jacobs, Justin's Grandfather
My Name is Water is a documentary that leads us around the globe in search of a deeper understanding of ourselves. Told through the eyes of filmmaker Justin Arana, this film documents his personal journey to answer the echoing call of his Holocaust-surviving grandfather's question.
Without a true answer for his grandfather, Justin first travels to Darfur, where he is imprisoned over false charges of Crimes Against State, and faces possible execution. He returns home invigorated that he survived, however loses perspective and falls into his own darkness.
He decides to embark on a lengthy journey of self-discovery, re-evaluation, and reflection. He ventures through New Zealand, Indonesia, the Himalayas, the Sahara, and eventually, Mozambique in search of meaning through adventure, interaction, and observing the human condition. Finally discovering and appreciating the values of impermanence, insignificance, solitude, and family.
Desperate and exhausted in Mozambique, he and his brother, ill with malaria, find themselves connected with the people of a small rural village. There we find our identity through them, in the needs of the villagers who are dying of cholera, as Justin and his brother work to bring them clean water by drilling a well for them. The ensuing struggle for water in the village forces Justin's intrinsic search for his own answers to be set aside, and discovers his answers are inevitably found, in helping others.
As they try, fail, and try again, the purity of their effort and the ultimate identity of the village, the journey, and the filmmaker come to life.