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FLOW, a film about finite water

 Posted by on November 24, 2008
Nov 242008
 

By John DeFore

While you’re sitting around the table on Thursday, be sure that in addition to giving thanks for whatever combination of fowl and starches sits on the plate you also pay due respect to the water in your glass. As a new documentary insists, it’s not something to take for granted.

FLOW (the title’s an acronym for “for love of water”) is a frightening film full of outrages and dispiriting facts about the state of water here and abroad. Stocked with scary tidbits for Americans who take water safety for granted — Can it be that 40% of the brief but nasty illnesses we attribute to “something we ate” are actually caused by water? Can you believe that drugs like Prozac linger in the water supply so long they’re found in the flesh of fish? — it also travels to areas where the scene is more dire: Bolivia, where the World Bank’s insistence on water privatization led to horrible things; India, where dying of water-borne pathogens is commonplace.

Rest assured that the bottled water racket gets some light shed on it as well — as with a story in Michigan where Nestlé made a fortune by bottling water it didn’t pay a dime for, paying little if any attention to the water needs of neighbors who relied on the same reserves.

French filmmaker Irena Salina was inspired by the 2002 article “Who Owns Water?” in The Nation, and put together this impassioned film using interviews with both obscure self-taught experts and representatives of established organizations like the Natural Resources Defense Council. Following an attention-getting stint on the film-festival circuit and some small theatrical engagements, FLOW is being released on DVD December 9; it can be bought either from the studio or through retailers like Amazon.

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