Monday, September 29, 2008

Flow - For Love of Water

I don't go to the movies, but mom does and she is super excited about this movie. Flow - For Love of Water is a documentary investigation into the world water crisis. You heard me right - the world water crisis. Most of us take fresh water for granted but most of the world does not have access to this most basic need.

Americans spend $9 billion on bottled water each year, much of it merely treated tap water, while people in developing nations are at the mercy of corporations that hold clean water hostage. These people have to buy water or risk health issues by taking water from streams and rivers that are heavily polluted by industrial and agricultural waste.

The movie builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply by focusing on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emerging water cartel. By interviewing scientists and activists, filmmaker Irena Salina reveals this growing crisis, at both the global and human scale. The movie introduces the people in power behind the power struggle with water and asks the question "Can anyone really own water?" The movie also introduces people and institutions trying to solve this crisis by developing new techologies.

This is a serious issue that needs to be exposed and fixed while there is still time. Please get informed by seeing the movie which opens October 3, in Columbus, Atlanta, Portland, and Providence. Mom will be seeing the movie when it comes to Chicago on October 10. Check out the film, learn about the filmmakers, see the trailer, and learn what you can do to help at

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