For those who have never had to worry about clean drinking water, this documentary, directed by environmental speaker Shalini Kantayya, may come as an illuminating shock. Set for a wide release on the Indian broadcast NDTV Profit this Saturday, Kantayya’s film depicts a world where water is rationed in quantities not sufficient for human survival – where only the wealthy can afford to purchase what they need. It may take a suspension of disbelief to imagine worrying about having enough money to purchase something so vital to one's existence, but—in some parts of the world—requiring the swipe of a credit card to quench one's thirst is an all-too-real fact.
Part of the Docs+ program, A Drop of Life explores what the future may hold if the preservation of clean drinking water is not pushed to the top of the agenda – something that is at the crux of the keynote addresses that Kantayya delivers. Projecting this message in a way that was not cliche or trite was paramount to the Eco-activist, and her documentary is equal parts dramatic, gripping and inspirational; it provides an enlightening account of just how precious a few drops of water really are.