Little Waterfall

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© Wessels
52 minutes / Colour / 2002
Directed by
Joshka Wessels

Country of production Netherlands

Shallalah Saghirah ('Little Waterfall') is a small village of about 20 households located in the Khanasser valley, in north Syria. The village has no electricity and still uses an ancient ganat system, using a 1,500-year old Byzantine 520 meter water tunnel, as its main source of water. However decades of migration and family conflicts have caused the tunnel's maintenance to be ignored. Muhammad Musa cleans the tunnel to safeguard the water supply. This renovation is part of an applied anthropological action research being implemented by ICARDA.

Language and subtitles Arabic with English Subtitles

Region Middle and Near East

Country Syria

Keywords Infrastructure / Transport Material Culture Development projects