Documentaries and Reading Materials
Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21stCentury.
Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.
Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question ‘CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?’
Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.
The Water Front
Liz Miller’s captivating documentary, The Water Front, follows one community’s fight to retain public control of its water and keep this basic resource affordable for everyone.
“What if you lived by the largest body of fresh water in the world but could no longer afford to use it?”
So begins Liz Miller’s captivating documentary, The Water Front, which follows one community’s fight to retain public control of its water and keep this basic resource affordable for everyone.
Set in Highland Park, Michigan, The Water Front begins with the community’s descent into a fiscal crisis after the once prevalent auto industry leaves town. Facing economic collapse, a state financial consultant team is hired to pull the town out of crisis. The team turns to the town’s water system as a source of economic recuperation.
The result is exorbitant water bills in a community with few resources to meet the astonishing charges. The community goes from disbelief to activism and a small group of determined community leaders emerge — with help from Food & Water Watch — to defend their basic human right for affordable and accessible water. See The Water Front and witness the birth of a local water justice movement.
Thirst : the Movie & Thirst : the Book
Is water a human right or a commodity to be bought and sold in a global marketplace?
As Nationally Broadcast on PBS’s acclaimed P.O.V. series.
“Beautiful and engaging.”
– Carl Pope, Executive Director, Sierra Club
“A moving and inspiring film.”
– Sandra Postel, Director, Global Water Policy Project
Thirst : the Book
A new book inspired by the film – Thirst: Fighting the Corporate Theft of Our Water”- from Jossey-Bass, an imprint of Wiley & Sons.
” As a Congressman from the Great Lakes region, I appreciate this timely and important work on a critical public policy question: Is water a natural resource to be protected by the public realm, or is it just another commodity?”
–Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Ohio
“The fight for the right to water has hit the U.S. heartland and this passionate, information-packed book tells the story of ordinary Americans engaged in extraordinary struggles to save their water heritage for future generations. Every American should read it.”
– Maude Barlow, Chair of Council of Canadians
Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It
In the follow-up to Garbage Land, her influential investigation into our modern trash crisis, Elizabeth Royte ventures to Fryeburg, Maine, to look deep into the source—of Poland Spring water. In this tiny town, and in others like it across the country, she finds the people, machines, economies, and cultural trends that have made bottled water a $60-billion-a-year phenomenon even as it threatens local control of a natural resource and litters the landscape with plastic waste.
Moving beyond the environmental consequences of making, filling, transporting and landfilling those billions of bottles, Royte examines the state of tap water today (you may be surprised), and the social impact of water-hungry multinationals sinking ever more pumps into tiny rural towns. Ultimately, Bottlemania makes a case for protecting public water supplies, for improving our water infrastructure and—in a world of increasing drought and pollution—better allocating the precious drinkable water that remains.