Water: the next peak oil?

Will water be the next peak oil? Can anyone really own water? These are some of the questions filmmaker Irena Salina investigated as she traveled from South Africa to Bolivia, from India to the American Midwest, to make her award-winning documentary Flow: For Love of Water. In interviews with scientists, authors, activists and reformed water barons, Salina shows how multinational corporations like Vivendi and Nestle have taken advantage of the looming water shortage and, with support from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, have gone about privatizing the world’s dwindling fresh water supply. Among other fallout: public water supplies in the U.S. are often polluted, sometimes with toxins as extreme as rocket fuel, and in developing countries, poor farmers and urban dwellers are forced to pay for water that is sold as purified but isn’t. 

While Salina identifies the culprits, she also looks at individuals and institutions that are working to provide sustainable, practical solutions to this global problem. As Jeannette Catsoulis wrote in the New York Times:

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. 

For the full New York Times review, click here. For a terrific short video interview with Salina by Daljit Dhaliwal, click here. Here’s a webpage with resources where you can take positive action. And you can watch Flow in its 84-minute entirety above, thanks to Hulu.com. 

Flow: For Love of Water © 2008 by Oscilloscope Laboratories. Directed by Irena Salina; directors of photography, Pablo de Selva and Irena Salina; edited by Caitlin Dixon, Madeleine Gavin and Andrew Mondshein; music by Christophe Julien; produced by Steven Starr. For information contact writeus [AT] flowthefilm [DOT] com.

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