Produced and Directed by:
Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman
Snitow and Kaufman produce and direct films on contemporary social issues. Their work includes “Blacks and Jews” (1997) and “Secrets of Silicon Valley” (2001) which have been widely screened and broadcast in the US and Europe. “Thirst” is their third film.

Edited by:


Kenji Yamamoto
Yamamoto is an acclaimed documentary and feature film editor whose work includes “Downside Up” and “Thousand Pieces of Gold”.
Music Composed by:
Fred Frith
Composer, improvisor and multi-instrumentalist, Frith situates his work in the zone where rock music and new music meet. Best known world-wide as an improvising guitarist, Frith has been writing for dance, film, and theatre for the last 20 years.
Stockton Crew
Principal Camera:
Vicente Franco
John Bowler
Kyoto Crew
Principal Camera
Marsha Kahm
Claudia Katayanagi
India Crew
Principal Camera
Avijit Mukul Kishore
Girjashankar Vohra
Location Manager
T. Jayashree
Major Funding
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Additional Funding
The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
Panta Rhea Foundation
Park Foundation
The Walnut Fund/San Francisco Foundation

Alan Snitow

– Producer-Director-Writer

Alan Snitow produced and directed “Thirst” (PBS/POV, 2004), “Secrets of Silicon Valley” (PBS-Independent Lens, 2001) and “Blacks and Jews” (Sundance Film Festival, PBS/POV, 1997). Snitow was a producer at the top-rated KTVU-TV News, the Bay Area Fox affiliate, for 12 years. Before that, he was the News Director for eight years at the Bay Area’s Pacifica Radio station, KPFA-FM, winning the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Gold Award for Best Local Newscast. Snitow was a Board member of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and President of the Board of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. He is currently a Board member of the Film Arts Foundation and a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He is a graduate of Cornell University.


Deborah Kaufman

– Producer-Director-Writer

Deborah Kaufman produced and directed “Thirst” (PBS/POV, 2004), “Secrets of Silicon Valley” (PBS-Independent Lens, 2001) and “Blacks and Jews” (Sundance Film Festival, PBS/POV, 1997). She founded and for 13 years was Director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the first and largest independent Jewish film showcase in the world. Kaufman has been a Board member of the California Council for the Humanities, Amnesty International USA, and the New Israel Fund. She has been a consultant, programmer, lecturer, and activist with a variety of human rights, multicultural and media arts organizations. Kaufman is a graduate of University of California Hastings College of the Law and a member of the California Bar.

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