Film phase: Production
Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak and Jack Sim are polar opposites in almost every way, but they share one passion: toilets. One is a Brahmin who invents sustainable sanitation and rehabilitates scavengers. The other believes the toilet must be sexy in order to shatter taboo- so he named himself Mr. Toilet and created UN approved “World Toilet Day.” Both are on a mission to re-imagine the toilet for 2.4 billion people worldwide who don’t have safe sanitation. But in their first task in India, will they make the perfect team to deliver 120 million toilets to Indian homes? Only time will tell if this odd couple can solve one of the biggest health problems of the 21st century.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Lily Zepeda is a veteran journalist and storyteller. After an interview with award-winning Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation toilet innovator, Zepeda dove deeper into this taboo subject researching these new technologically savvy loos in 2012. When she discovered that 40 percent of the world’s population does not have access to toilets she was dumbfounded. This was not only a hygienic issue, but it was one that affected women who live in daily fear of rape and animal attacks. Zepeda decided it was time to share it with the world and give a voice to the 2.5 billion people who deserve safe sanitation.