Strictua X Marie-Stella-Maris Foundation
Strictua on visiting our clean drinking water project ‘Water for Mweteni’ in Tanzania.
Strictua is a digital film production studio, founded in 2012 by Marijn Vanderheijden and Miquel Steps. Strictua is specialized in producing films for branded content, for the advertising-, lifestyle-, and consumer industry. Through film they are constantly looking for striking and original (audio)visual ways to show the heart and soul of a brand.
What does water mean to you?
To us, water is a given and something you don’t think about very often. Our visit to Mweteni made us very aware of the importance of clean drinking water. By talking to the locals we found out what kind of impact clean water has on their lives. It goes way beyond hygiene, health and sanitary facilities – it boosts the economy of the entire area. Water is so much more.
"By talking to the locals we found out what kind of impact clean water has on their lives."
What made you accept the invitation of the Marie-Stella-Maris Foundation?
Marie-Stella-Maris has the beautiful and clear mission of helping people worldwide with access to clean drinking water. It is simply unbelievable that there are still so many people that don’t have clean water near them. To us, it was important to not only contribute as a company, but also as a human being. So the question wasn’t íf we wanted to join to film the story, but more how we wanted to do this.
What inspired you most during your visit to the project in Tanzania?
Everywhere you look, you see huge landscapes passing by. The entire Mweteni area is very remote, located at about 2000m high. The area is also often covered in fog, so you don’t expect a large group of people to be living here. It was very special for us to experience this. The hospitality of the locals was remarkable, especially their generosity without expecting anything back. During our visit we were invited into the homes of lots of families. We also played a soccer match together with the local team and attended a service in the church - both very special experiences. We were able to have a lot of conversations with the locals, not only about daily life in Mweteni but also about the impact of the clean drinking water project of Marie-Stella-Maris.
"The hospitality of the locals was remarkable, especially their generosity without expecting anything back."
How did you experience the clean drinking water project up close?
It’s amazing to see what kind of influence the water project has on the local community. Water gives people, next to hygiene and health, the possibility to develop themselves. The inhabitants of Mweteni are now able to build houses more quickly, expand cattle breeding and grow more harvest. This will have a huge impact on the lifestyle of the community. We didn’t think of this before.
Can you tell us more about your video?
During our visit we produced two videos, one for Marie-Stella-Maris and one free work project. The first video is dedicated to the story of Marie-Stella-Maris and shows the concept of the Foundation and the impact of the clean drinking water project. We didn’t want the video to be sad or dramatic, but aimed for a pure and powerful way to show the importance of water for a community like this.
Concept & production by: Strictua
Directed by: Miquel Steps (Strictua)
D.O.P. : Joris Peskens (Strictua)
Together we can make a difference!
For each Marie-Stella-Maris product you purchase, a fixed amount goes to clean drinking water projects. For our natural mineral water we calculate a contribution of 5 ct/L and for our care products we calculate €1 per product. Read more about our story!