REVIEW: FLOW – For Love of Water [Film]
FLOW (For Love of Water) is Irena Salina’s 2008 documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century – The World Water Crisis.
FLOW 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.
Since the release of this award-winning film in 2008, we have continually seen water issues around the world, including Nestle Company chairman Peter Brabeck causing controversy in suggesting that public water resources would best be managed by private companies. In an equally compelling film, Bottled Life, Nestle’s management of Pakistani water resources are revealed to have destroyed public potable water wells.
In the small Pakistani community of Bhati Dilwan, a former village councilor says children are being sickened by filthy water. Who’s to blame? He says it’s bottled water-maker Nestlé, which dug a deep well that is depriving locals of potable water. “The water is not only very dirty, but the water level sank from 100 to 300 to 400 feet,” Dilwan says.
Other recent water issues have hit closer to home. Sleepy Creek Lands (formerly known as the Adena Springs Ranch), in the Ocala area, filed for a permit to drain water from the aquifer adjacent to the Silver Springs watershed for their cattle activities. The amount of water is far greater than the entire Ocala area population uses, and, would devastate the watershed – flow from Silver Springs has already decreased by 50% in the last three years due to drought. For more information on this ongoing battle between citizens, Sleepy Creek, and St John’s Water Management District, visit this website.