Bound by the "hold review" policy on films pending distribution, I am limited to a 75-word capsule for Deepa Mehta's Water, the Centerpiece Presentation of 2006 SFIAAFF (where Mehta will be in guest attendance):
Witnessing an anquished widow lose her spectacles inspired Deepa Mehta to complete her elemental trilogy (Fire, Earth) with the visionary, revolutionary and emancipatory Water, which resuscitates this resilient wisdom: water that flows will clean itself. Gandhi's sage discernment that the worship of God as Truth leads to social ills whereas the worship of Truth as God does not is flexed into powerful beauty here. A festival gem not to be missed!!