The Water Man is a 2020 American drama film directed by David Oyelowo, in his feature directorial debut, from a screenplay by Emma Needell. It stars Oyelowo, Rosario Dawson, Lonnie Chavis, Amiah Miller, Alfred Molina, and Maria Bello. Oprah Winfrey serves as an executive producer via her Harpo Films banner.
The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2020, and was released in the United States on May 7, 2021, by RLJE Films.
The film centers around a young boy after learning his mother suffers from a potentially fatal disease decides to embark on a journey through woods containing the local legend known as the “Water Man”