Tvedt’s three award-winning documentaries about the role of water on societies’ development have been shown in 150 countries, they have been bought by the National Geographic, Al Jazeera, Al Arabia, Discovery and NETFLIX networks and used in teaching programs at universities all over the world. The video-clips used on this web-page have been taken from these documentaries.

See also Terje Tvedt’s Youtube channel «History of Water in the World».


A Journey in the History of Water

In four episodes, Tvedt tells with fascinating examples how water and water control have played fundamental but varying religious, political and economic roles in all societies. It portrays the human battle with water and what it has meant since the birth of civilization along the banks of the great rivers in Asia and the Middle East 5000 years ago to the most modern cities of today which can only exist due to extensive control over water. Read more.

Also available on Tvedt’s YouTube channel in English, Arabic, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Norwegian: 


The Future of Water

In the series Tvedt looks at how the struggle to control and use water will impact political power relations worldwide and influence war and peace and the destinies of countries and entire continents. This is especially the case in a period when fear of climatic changes has become a dominant worry worldwide, and when all societies have to prepare for changes in the water landscape. Read more.

  • Episode 1: Waterlords
  • Episode 2: New uncertainties
  • Episode 3: Water age

For a teaser, see



The Nile Quest

Tvedt tells the fascinating story of the longest, most mythical and politically intriguing river in the world. It depicts a river of beauty journeying upstream from its mouth to its sources. It shows the peoples and animals that live in its basin and analyses the power struggle that currently takes place regarding control of the river. Read more.

  • Episode 1: The River of History
  • Episode 2: Revolt at the Sources
  • Episode 3: War or Peace