Once Upon A River

Episodic Information


In this three-part series, we discover historical ties between communities and with some of the most critical waterways in Asia. On this journey, we discover how rivers have influenced people's way of life and how their fate and fortunes are dependant on water.

But this relationship between riverine communities and water is rapidly changing. As populations grow, the World Health Organization estimates that 50% of global population will be forced to live in water stressed regions by 2050.

Climate change is hastening a potential water crisis that can spark conflict in the region, as governments seek to control water sources by constructing hydropower dams, forcing some to sign cross-border water pacts. Will communities succeed in utilising technology and innovation to confront this rising tide of threats to their survival.

Awards and Accolades : 

Madras International Film Festival 2021 - 

Best Documentary award 

New York Festivals TV & Film Awards 2022 - 

Documentary – Climate Change & Sustainability: Bangladesh Delta Disaster (Finalist)

Documentary – Human Rights: Trouble On The Mekong (Finalist)

Episodes: 3 x 60 mins

Languages: English

Production year: 2021