Agua Andalucía

A Documentary:

The Moorish water systems of Southern Spain built a hugely influential civilization in a water scarce climate. What has made them so successful, and can the answer help us solve the global water crisis?

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At the start of the Middle Ages, Muslims arrived in Europe with advanced knowledge and technology. Their mastery of water allowed them to create an extraordinary civilization of opulent cities replete with palaces and libraries in the harsh landscape of Andalusian Spain. What’s more, their water systems are still in use, a thousand years later, and have formed a sustainable, symbiotic relationship with the surrounding environment. 

This documentary explores the management and stewardship of these “acequia” systems, the history they enabled, and how they can help us solve the modern global water crisis.

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Shobuz Ikbal  – Executive Producer, Water Systems Engineer  Shobuz Ikbal is a civil engineer and an international development professional with 29 years of experience in water and public infrastructure, and a fascination with Islamic history and anything Andalusian. With a Master's in Civil Engineering, Shobuz has held leadership roles in private and government entities in the US and Canada, and designed and built water infrastructure projects in Africa, Asia and Europe. He lives in Seattle, USA, and Dhaka, Bangladesh with his wife and two daughters.

Shobuz Ikbal – Executive Producer, Water Systems Engineer

Shobuz Ikbal is a civil engineer and an international development professional with 29 years of experience in water and public infrastructure, and a fascination with Islamic history and anything Andalusian. With a Master's in Civil Engineering, Shobuz has held leadership roles in private and government entities in the US and Canada, and designed and built water infrastructure projects in Africa, Asia and Europe. He lives in Seattle, USA, and Dhaka, Bangladesh with his wife and two daughters.

William W. Wilson III  – Producer    Bill Wilson is an American film producer specializing in international production, with 40-years of experience in more than 30 countries on five continents, including as the Head of European Production for Walt Disney Pictures, executive producing feature projects for Disney in Europe and Africa. Most recently he completed work on “The Outsider” for Netflix with Jared Leto in Japan and Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” in Cambodia.

William W. Wilson III – Producer

Bill Wilson is an American film producer specializing in international production, with 40-years of experience in more than 30 countries on five continents, including as the Head of European Production for Walt Disney Pictures, executive producing feature projects for Disney in Europe and Africa. Most recently he completed work on “The Outsider” for Netflix with Jared Leto in Japan and Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” in Cambodia.

Paxton Farrar  – Director and Writer  Paxton Farrar is a filmmaker and editor. He received a BFA, with honors, for Film and Television Production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His thesis film  Starry Night  was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant for science-based short films. It has played at over a dozen film festivals, and won multiple awards. Throughout his artistic pursuits Paxton remains passionate about science, technology, and their impact on culture.

Paxton Farrar – Director and Writer

Paxton Farrar is a filmmaker and editor. He received a BFA, with honors, for Film and Television Production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His thesis film Starry Night was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant for science-based short films. It has played at over a dozen film festivals, and won multiple awards. Throughout his artistic pursuits Paxton remains passionate about science, technology, and their impact on culture.

 
Thomas Glick, PhD  – Historian and Period Adviser, Irrigation and Islamic Spain      Dr. Glick was a professor of history at Boston University from 1972 until 2012. He authored numerous books on Irrigation and Islamic Spain, including  Irrigation and Society in Medieval Valencia ,  Islamic and Christian Spain in the Early Middle Ages.  He received his BA and PhD in history from Harvard University and MA in Arabic from Columbia University. Dr. Glick is currently a corresponding member of Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres de Barcelona, Spain.

Thomas Glick, PhD – Historian and Period Adviser, Irrigation and Islamic Spain

Dr. Glick was a professor of history at Boston University from 1972 until 2012. He authored numerous books on Irrigation and Islamic Spain, including Irrigation and Society in Medieval Valencia, Islamic and Christian Spain in the Early Middle Ages. He received his BA and PhD in history from Harvard University and MA in Arabic from Columbia University. Dr. Glick is currently a corresponding member of Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres de Barcelona, Spain.

José María Martín Civantos, PhD  – Professor of Landscape Archeology and Islamic History  Dr. Civantos is a Professor of Medieval History and Historiographic Techniques at Universidad de Granada, specializing in Islamic Archaeology, Landscape and Hydraulic Archaeology. He has served as a researcher on projects in Spain, Italy, Morocco and Albania, and led more than two dozen projects and research contracts, including a FP-7 research grant awarded by the European Commission to coordinate MEMOLA, a cultural heritage project on traditional agriculture and irrigation.

José María Martín Civantos, PhD – Professor of Landscape Archeology and Islamic History

Dr. Civantos is a Professor of Medieval History and Historiographic Techniques at Universidad de Granada, specializing in Islamic Archaeology, Landscape and Hydraulic Archaeology. He has served as a researcher on projects in Spain, Italy, Morocco and Albania, and led more than two dozen projects and research contracts, including a FP-7 research grant awarded by the European Commission to coordinate MEMOLA, a cultural heritage project on traditional agriculture and irrigation.

Francisco Montañas  – Heritage Advisor, Spain  Francisco Montañés is an architect and cultural heritage specialist with 19 years’ experience in construction and preservation projects. A native of Granada, Spain, he is an expert on the region's Moorish Nasrid period. He holds a professional diploma of architecture and master´s degree in cultural heritage from the University of Sevilla. He has managed and advised heritage preservation projects for the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and the European Union, working in Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Cuba, Cyprus, Serbia and Panama. His interests include cultural and natural heritage, travel, and outdoor sports.

Francisco Montañas – Heritage Advisor, Spain

Francisco Montañés is an architect and cultural heritage specialist with 19 years’ experience in construction and preservation projects. A native of Granada, Spain, he is an expert on the region's Moorish Nasrid period. He holds a professional diploma of architecture and master´s degree in cultural heritage from the University of Sevilla. He has managed and advised heritage preservation projects for the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and the European Union, working in Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Cuba, Cyprus, Serbia and Panama. His interests include cultural and natural heritage, travel, and outdoor sports.

David Farrar  – Writer and Producer  David Farrar is interested in engineering and a good story. He holds a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, with a thesis analyzing structures under earthquake loads. David has two book manuscripts in development under the research-intensive history fiction genre, as well as numerous screenplays. He has also assisted in the production of short films.

David Farrar – Writer and Producer

David Farrar is interested in engineering and a good story. He holds a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, with a thesis analyzing structures under earthquake loads. David has two book manuscripts in development under the research-intensive history fiction genre, as well as numerous screenplays. He has also assisted in the production of short films.

 
Lara Delgado Anés, PhD  – Medieval History and Historiographic Sciences and Techniques  Dr. Anés is a community archaeologist in Andalucía, specializing in management, museum study, and communication in cultural heritage and participatory archaeology. She has experience working with local irrigation communities on conflict resolution and empowerment. She has experience producing audiovisual products, and organizing educational activities and discussion groups. She has published on heritage, community archaeology, virtual archaeology, museology and digital humanities.

Lara Delgado Anés, PhD – Medieval History and Historiographic Sciences and Techniques

Dr. Anés is a community archaeologist in Andalucía, specializing in management, museum study, and communication in cultural heritage and participatory archaeology. She has experience working with local irrigation communities on conflict resolution and empowerment. She has experience producing audiovisual products, and organizing educational activities and discussion groups. She has published on heritage, community archaeology, virtual archaeology, museology and digital humanities.

Virgilio Martínez Enamorado, PhD  – History and Arabic  Dr. Enamorado is a lecturer at the University of Màlaga. He has more than five-hundred published pieces of writing, and has given talks across Europe and the Middle East on history, historiography, archaeology and epigraphy in al-Andalus and Medieval Maghreb.

Virgilio Martínez Enamorado, PhD – History and Arabic

Dr. Enamorado is a lecturer at the University of Màlaga. He has more than five-hundred published pieces of writing, and has given talks across Europe and the Middle East on history, historiography, archaeology and epigraphy in al-Andalus and Medieval Maghreb.

Barton "Buzz" Thompson  —Water Law Expert    A practicing lawyer and professor who focuses on climate, ecosystem services and conservation, freshwater, oceans and sustainable development. He is currently the Robert E. Paradise Professor in Natural Resources Law at Stanford University.

Barton "Buzz" Thompson —Water Law Expert

A practicing lawyer and professor who focuses on climate, ecosystem services and conservation, freshwater, oceans and sustainable development. He is currently the Robert E. Paradise Professor in Natural Resources Law at Stanford University.

Laszlo Pal  – Documentary Adviser  Laszlo Pal is an Emmy Award winning director who has produced logistically complex productions the world over. Among them, three productions on Mount Everest, a PBS special on  Susan Butcher,  the four-time champion of the 1100 mile Alaskan Iditarod Sled Dog Race, and the Emmy award winning PBS documentary,   Sailing The World Alone .  Pal also received an Emmy for his feature film,  Journey To Spirit Island , which was released on the Disney Channel.

Laszlo Pal – Documentary Adviser

Laszlo Pal is an Emmy Award winning director who has produced logistically complex productions the world over. Among them, three productions on Mount Everest, a PBS special on Susan Butcher, the four-time champion of the 1100 mile Alaskan Iditarod Sled Dog Race, and the Emmy award winning PBS documentary, Sailing The World Alone. Pal also received an Emmy for his feature film, Journey To Spirit Island, which was released on the Disney Channel.

 

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