Thursday, June 18, 2009

Film review: Flow

Flow: For the love of water, a film by Irena Salina, takes you to every continent of the world in a quest to understand water as a resource. In Bolivia, for example, the privatization of water leaves poor citizens with dirty water. In South Africa, citizens are asked to pay per use with tokens that the poor cannot afford. Dams are built, but are costly and give off harmful greenhouse gases like methane. Water that is bottled in the United States, while a $40 billon dollar industry, creates trash and its production is unsustainable, especially in its use of petroleum products. Worldwide, multinational corporations are making water a commodity, rather than a natural resource and human right. Major players in the water industry as well as environmental activists concerned with the world water crisis are interviewed in this compelling film.

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If you are a Wisconsin resident, you may check this film out from Wisconsin's Water Library by completing our book request form. If you are a UW-Madison faculty, student or staff member, please request through MadCat.