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No Water No Village

Aga Khan University and Aga Khan Agency for Habitat | 30 mins | 2022

Low snowfall and receding glaciers threaten livelihoods in the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh and Zanskar in Ladakh. Meet the scientists and activists working for local solutions. A joint initiative by Aga Khan University, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, Aga Khan Foundation and University of Central Asia – the film series is produced by filmmakers from Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and India.


Episode Director: Munmun Dhalaria

Series Producer: Andrew Tkach

From the Pamirs in Central Asia to the Karakoram and Himalayas of South Asia - the roof of the world, Earth’s largest repository of ice outside the poles, is melting. Increasingly frequent mountain disasters have put billions of lives at risk. Endangered wild species like the Snow Leopard are suffering suffer and so are the 1.65 billion people dependent on these mountains and some of Asia’s mightiest rivers originating here. In the villages of the upper Indian Himalayas, life revolves around basic survival in an uninhabitable environment.


The snow that makes half the year unlivable, is also the lifeblood of the agrarian populations that depends on it for the only harvest of the year. Today, low snowfall and receding glaciers threaten livelihoods in this region forcing them to become climate refugees.

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The film has been screened/ selected by-

1.  Lift Off Toronto festival which was online on 06 June - 04 July, 2022

2. Official selection at Berlin international TV Series festival 2022 was also online in June 2022.

3. Screened by Kyrgyzstan TV1 (in Russian) in the second week of Feb, 2022 

4. Screened by Express TV (in Urdu) in Pakistan (2nd Feb, 2022)

5. The Cinemasala festival on 10th Nov, Switzerland

6. We are also being screened on Ismaili TV right now

7. WCT Short Film Screening event on January 29, 2022

8. Banff Mountain film festival, Nov 2022.

9. Selected for the Indian Panorama 53rd International Film Festival of India, (IFFI) Goa, Nov 25th screening.

10. Screened at Greenculture festival, Greenfest Belgrade


‘No Water, No Village’, the India episode for the series 'Voices from the Roof of the World', traces the water challenges faced by the agricultural villages of Spiti, Himachal Pradesh and Zanskar, Ladakh.

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Narrated by: Dia Mirza

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