Global producer and distributor Fremantle has picked up the international sales rights to a climate documentary narrated by British-Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave).
Day Zero, which comes from filmmaker Kevin Sim, explores some of the most shocking water shortage issues facing the planet and talks to the people fighting to protect the world’s most precious resource from running out.
Filmed over a three-year period, the doc is being produced by Tencent in China, UK-based Keo Films and Iceland’s OoS Pictures, and includes exclusive interviews with some of the world’s top scientists and experts.
Virginia Quinn co-directs the doc with Sim, while Tencent’s chief exploration officer David Wallerstein exec produces alongside Keo Films’ Kari Lia.
Fremantle unveiled the documentary to buyers at this month’s Mipcom Online+.
“Day Zero is a film about people who already don’t have the luxury of thinking that water scarcity is someone else’s business. In Africa, Kansas, California, Brazil – and even in space – we follow the stories of local heroes fighting back along the frontlines of a crisis that could engulf us all,” said Sim.
“Sometimes you have to start beating drums, and we hope we’ve made a powerful and moving film whose message will be heard – an unashamedly demotic, down-to-earth film about the future of the planet.
“Yes, it’s a film which carries a terrifying warning, but a film that also offers a way out – to urge human beings to explore solutions that could save our future.”