In an unprecedented partnership, National Geographic Channel and GE present the new series “Breakthrough,” produced by Imagine Entertainment and Asylum Entertainment, described as a revolutionary new series about scientific explorers from leading universities and institutions and how their cutting-edge innovations and advancements will change our lives in the immediate future and beyond. The series intends to bring to life the stories, people and technology behind these breakthroughs, and show how they are changing our world.
Each hour-long episode is directed by a Hollywood filmmaker – Angela Bassett, Peter Berg, Paul Giamatti, Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard and Brett Ratner.
Here’s a breakdown of Bassett’s episode, which is titled “Water Apocalypse,” which she both directs and narrates, and is set to premiere on Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT: “California is on the brink of an apocalypse. The state faces a future of drought that will cost billions in lost farm revenue and thousands of jobs. The challenges facing the state are not unique: All over the world, governments are struggling with bigger populations and a diminishing supply of freshwater. Bassett will focus on inspiring stories of people working to change the world, such as Sandra Postel, who is trying to bring water back to the Colorado River Delta, which became a dried-up husk after the Colorado River was diverted to feed the western United States; Aaron Mandell, whose solar-powered desalinization project offers a way to conserve and reuse this precious resource; and Italian architect Arturo Vittori, whose quest to build a water-collecting tower in a remote village in Ethiopia dramatizes all the triumphs and challenges of innovation.”
“Breakthrough” kicked off on Sunday, Nov. 1 on National Geographic Channels in 440 million homes in 171 countries and in 45 languages, as well as on the Spanish language network Nat Geo Mundo.
Ms Bassett’s is the last film in the series to screen, so check it out this Sunday night.
In the 2 video clips below, she speaks about being involved in the project, as well as her film specifically, the importance of acknowledging that there is a water problem in our world, figuring out ways to address it, and more. Both videos also include footage from the film.