2016 | 58 min | DENMARK
Directed by Per Liebeck
Australian Premiere
Followed by panel discussion
Presented by:

Dominique Hes 
Academic | Author – The University of Melbourne
Alison Potter 
Associate – Grimshaw
 Alison Rowe
Chair – Future Business Council

Professor Ruth Beilin 
Manager – Environmental Sociology lab in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne

Luke Taylor
Director – Sustainable Living Festival


Follow one man’s quest to combat food and water shortages using cutting-edge technology to ‘green the desert’.

British engineer and zoologist Bill Watts has a big idea: bring saltwater into the desert. By using the sun to create freshwater, food and energy in the desert areas, Watts has a vision to change the lives of millions. But in the 50 degree heat of the desert, it seems that every drop of freshwater requires an equal drop of sweat.  

This stunning documentary follows the birth, challenges and triumphs of The Sahara Forest Project – an ambitious undertaking that employs solar power and innovative technology to grow vegetation in the desert.


  • Environmental Award Nominee Sheffield Doc Fest 2016
  • Golden Sun Award for best documentary FICMA BARCELONA 2016
  • Nominated for best documentary Green Motion Festival Frieburg, Germany 2016