Flow: For Love of Water

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  • Summary: Irena Salina's documentary investigates 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 dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus onIrena Salina's documentary investigates 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 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. (Oscilloscope Pictures) Collapse

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
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  1. This documentary makes a terrible kind of sense. It reminds us that something we take for granted, like air, can be sold to us – if we can afford it. And if we can't, what happens then?
  2. 75
    According to Irene Salina's eye-opening documentary Flow, 500,000 to 7 million US residents are sickened by tap water each year.
  3. 75
    Skips right past depressing on its way to apocalyptic.
  4. Irena Salina's astonishingly wide-ranging film is less depressing than galvanizing, an informed and heartfelt examination of the tug of war between public health and private interests.
  5. A smartly done, involving look at a number of interrelated water issues.
  6. It's strange thinking of water as a market commodity, and it's hard to comprehend the kind of greed that must go into keeping it from needy mouths, but, fact is, the water business is now the world's third-largest industry, meaning there are a lot of sinister souls out there fiddling with their bank statements while Rome dries up.
  7. Flow makes you thirsty for more information.

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  1. BruceD.
    Feb 2, 2010
    8
    Builds a strong case for the conservation and preservation of water as a free resource for the world. Its warning against corporate ownership Builds a strong case for the conservation and preservation of water as a free resource for the world. Its warning against corporate ownership of water as a saleable commodity is stark. Overstuffed with information as it is, it fails to mention at all the disappearing Great Aquifer of the midwestern U.S., a strange ommission for a film of this scope. Expand
  2. JayH.
    Dec 12, 2008
    6
    Fair documentary, it's interesting but it does get repetitive and it isn't out of the ordinary. Well filmed, good interviews. It Fair documentary, it's interesting but it does get repetitive and it isn't out of the ordinary. Well filmed, good interviews. It doesn't always convince however. Expand

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