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January 4, 2011 , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed” – Mahatma Gandhi. As less and less of clean consumable water is available and with ever increasing privatization and commoditization of water and with the recent influence of  the documentary“TAPPED”, it just seemed necessary to compile a list of documentaries about drinking water, bottled water and plastics. Just a thought…the tap water is as good but with less baggage.

This list is by no means exhaustive and the documentaries are  listed in no particular order. All of them have been made with an intention to stimulate change in consumption patterns, better regulation, promote preservation, sharing and conservation of WATER .

Source: Online Education

1. Can anyone really own water?

FLOW, a documentary, directed by IRENA SALINA, investigates the world water crisis focusing on the privatization of water, politics, pollution, human rights and the emergence of a world water cartel.

THIRST, directed by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman -The film is a piercing look at the conflict between public stewardship and private profit, where activists claim that water is a human right and corporations declare it a commodity.

DEAD IN THE WATER, directed by Katie McKenna. From the deserts of California to the slums of Buenos Aires and Soweto, to corporate boardrooms in the USA and France, this documentary investigates the results of the effort to privatize water

THE WATER FRONT – what if you lived by the largest body of fresh water in the world but could no longer afford to use it. Residents of highland park, Michigan have paid bills as high as $10,000, have had their water turned off, their homes foreclosed and are struggling to keep water from being privatized.

2) Are we running out of water?

RUNNING DRY: is a comprehensive public information project established to raise awareness about the global humanitarian water crisis. It includes two documentaries: “Running Dry” and “Running Dry-The American Southwest”. The project was inspired by the book of former U.S. Senator Paul Simon – “TAPPED OUT”

A WORLD WITHOUT WATER: U.K. Channel Four’s film is a tale of personal tragedies behind the privatization of water supplies as the world is running out of its most precious resource.

3) How contaminated is our water?

POISONED WATERS – is an Frontline investigation of the pollutants entering our waterways and drinking water and who is responsible for that?

4) The bottled water menace.

THE STORY OF THE BOTTLED WATER – Directed by Anne Leonard, the maker of “The Story of Stuff” comes the story about bottled water.

TAPPED: reveals the ugly truth behind the “big business” of bottled water. It deals with the impact bottled water has on our health, our economy and our environment.

5) Water wars

DROWNED OUT – It is the story of Jalsindhi villagers faced with three choices – Move to the slums in the city, accept a place at a resettlement site or stay at home and drown. Will the water go to poor farmers or to the rich industrialists?

BLUE GOLD – WORLD WATER WARS A line is crossed as water becomes a commodity. This documentary is based on the book “BLUE GOLD”

This is just the beginning. Click on the respective film titles to go to the film’s site or in some cases to view the film online. Every bottle of water consumed has a consequence. Next time you host an event, organize a meeting, reorganize work space, cut costs think of ways to minimize the use of bottled water and plastic cups.


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