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Irena Salina'S Award-Winning Documentary Investigation Into What Experts Label The Most Important Political And Environmental Issue Of The 21St Century - The World Water Crisis. Salina Builds A Case Against The Growing Privatization Of The World'S Dwindli
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Bottled water companies spend tens of millions of dollars trying to convince the public that bottled water is safer than tap water. The documentary points out that this is untrue since
1) There is only 1 person in the whole of the Food and Drug Administration in the U.S. monitoring ALL the bottled water sold in that country. So, in reality the public really doesn't know if there are any contaminants present in their bottled water and what they might be.
2) If there are any contaminants in tap water, they may also enter the body through the skin during showering or bathing. Therefore, drinking bottled water isn't going to protect you.
The multinational bottled water companies are also going into towns stealing the local people's fresh water by pumping it out of the ground mercilessly with no regard for possible harm being done to that environment. After they've finished taking the fresh water, they leave behind muddy sinkholes in the ground.
The film also follows the struggles in the third world against water companies from industrialized nations that try to take over water plants and distribution with the goal of charging even the poorest of the poor money for simple drinking water.
The film isn't all doom and gloom though. It chronicles the victory of the people of Bolivia who, under the pressure of the World Bank, had been forced to hand over the control of their water filtration plants to some European private water companies.Read more ›
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People in the wealthy nations may feel they are immune from this crisis, but they too are being ripped off by the bottled water racket and poisoned by the continuing toxification of water with synthetic chemicals Toxic Legacy: Synthetic Toxins in the Food, Water and Air of American Cities.
"Flow" features many heroes we don't yet know the names of, like Vandana Shiva and Maude Barlow; but we are fortunate they have been slowing the march of the corporate fundamentalists The Corporation. People concerned about health and justice will want to contribute to the cause of water rights for humans, not for CEOs. Buying and sharing this film is a great first step. Subscribing to magazines like Onearth also helps, as the Natural Resources Defense Council is featured in this film due to the research and litigation they've been advancing on this and so many other pressing environmental issues.
Parts of this film will anger the viewer, but that mood is a natural and necessary part of the process toward social change. The film ends on an optimistic note about the power of the people, something that elites have feared for centuries The Chomsky Sessions: Noam Chomsky On The World.
Let's make the change we and our children so desperately need Yes!.
Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It
Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water
Walk away from, Coca Cola, Nestle and Pepsi bottled water. Look at the label. Pay attention and just do your part.
Flow will also bring you up-to-date on what is inside the bottled water you drink, how you can save money and by drinking tap water, and how the some water bottlers are taking control of water sources while destroying ecosystems. The film informs us about how over 30,000 people die each day from water-related diseases. In the film we learn how birth defects and other health problems are substantially higher in areas located near large agricultural zones.
In the film FLOW you will learn how control of water translates into power through economic control of money, how control of water translates into the power to control people in small communities, major cities and even entire countries - and, how control of water translated into ultimate power over life and death - which flows into which areas of the world will have healthy and wealthy people with long life spans - and which areas will have poverty and unhealthy people with short life spans. In other words, a subtle form of planned genocide.
The foundations of the information provided by FLOW can be found in books such as, The Holy Order of Water: Healing the Earth's Waters and Ourselves, by William E. Marks; Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water, by Maude Barlow; The World's Water 2008-2009: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources, by Peter Gleick et al., and Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit, by Vandana Shiva.
In the film FLOW you will find answers - as to how to create and manage low-tech water management for your home and your community. Why you should stop using bottled water. And, learn how you can help the world's water through some simple changes in your personal behavior, through changes in the way you spend your money and your time.
In the film FLOW you will learn how the answer to the world's water crisis does not exist with our governments, or with our transnational corporations - no - the answer to the world's water crisis exists in the hearts and minds of people who work together in a concerted effort with an all-embracing water philosophy.
I'm an environmental activist and have been following global water issues for years. What makes Flow so absolutely wonderful is that it covers it all. It's like watching a prosecutor make an indictment: needless water contamination by some rather nasty chemicals, such as pesticides, herbicides and pharmaceuticals; harm caused by World Bank & IMF policies; gross abuses of human rights by smug transnational water corporations throughout the world, including the USA; harm caused by damming many of the world's largest rivers; preventable diseases and deaths caused by polluted water, such a cholera; hormonal changes in fish and amphibians.
On the other hand you see some incredibly brave people stand up to these mind-boggling abuses of power. Even an extremely elderly disciple of Mahatma Gandhi teaches the next generation of activists how to be effective. Plenty of brilliant and appropriate, low-technology solutions are shown. It does not take huge transnational corporations to assure the delivery of safe drinking water, which is (pardon the pun) made crystal clear!
Flow is one of the most outstanding documentaries I have had the privilege to watch in my entire life! My hat's off to all those who made this magnificent film possible!
See:Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water and Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit and Human Right to Water: Legal and Policy Dimensions (Law, Justice, and Development) (Law, Justice, and Development)
This film would be excellent for an economics class at the college and high school level, as well any government course or current events class. U.S. History courses could adapt this film if they teach about the environmental movements in U.S. History as well as the role of government in people's lives. The film asks the viewer to consider: "is water and access to it a fundamental human right?"
The only disappointing thing for me was that the nice packaging the DVD came in, which is non-plastic, did not have a booklet with it, which would have made this film's message and places to contact for more information more accessible to people. An area the film does not deal with in detail is the massive demand for products that need water as an ingredient, such as soft drinks, juices, and beer to name a few. While Coca Cola is mentioned briefly, bottled water companies, such as Nestle, seem to be at the heart of the film makers concern. There is much food for thought in this film.