Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Flow: For Love of Water (2008)

Director: Irena Salina

Composer: Christophe Julien

Starring: Lots of folks you've never heard of except for Penn Jillette

More info: IMDb

Tagline: How did a handful of corporations steal our water?

Plot: Water is the very essence of life, sustaining every being on the planet. 'Flow' confronts the disturbing reality that our crucial resource is dwindling and greed just may be the cause.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably not but everyone should see this.

Do you believe that everyone on this planet has the right to clean drinking water at no to little charge?  I'm not saying we all have the right to free breakfast burritos.  Water is one of the most important resources needed by all living things, not Coke or Pepsi.  I'm no tree-hugging type but this is an issue that needs to be fixed worldwide.  According to this film almost $100 billion a year is spent on bottled water worldwide and that was from 7 years ago.  That's staggering.  Imagine what could be done with a fraction of that money if it were used to provide clean water to communities worldwide that don't have safe water?  What would you do if the water where you lived was contaminated?  What if it was the worst in your state?  The country?  I live in Pensacola, Florida.  We have the distinction of having the (probably) whitest beaches in the world and (definitely) the worst drinking water in the entire United States (in 2011 - I couldn't find any statistics beyond then).  This city of 52,703 (as of 2013) has the absolute worst water in the country.  It's shocking.  I realize someone has to be the worst at something but around here no one seems to give a shit and do something about it.  You'd think being #1 in an atrocious contest like that would be the kick in the pants you'd need to literally clean up your act and get shit done.  Nope.   And I've barely mentioned the documentary.  The people presented in this film do not come across as reactionaries, but people who are genuinely concerned about the health of humans and the environment and they carefully point out where the problems are and how they can be fixed but there are people who want to control who gets the water and for how much.  It's revolting.  I'm not an activist but if I were, this would be my cause.  The Oscilloscope DVD has a lot of extras including 3 deleted scenes (11 minutes total), 5 expanded interviews (40 minutes), 2 interviews on how citizens can fight back (13 minutes), the trailer (anamorphic widescreen), two shorts - CITY WATER SUPPLY (1941) (11 minutes) and WATER (1953) (10 minutes), a feature commentary and trailers for 5 other Oscilloscope pictures.

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