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Flow: For Love of Water (2008)

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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.


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Credited cast:
Bill Alexander ...
Himself - Thames Water
Maude Barlow ...
Herself - Author, Blue Gold
Basil Bold ...
Himself - Managing Director, Invensys Metering Systems
Shelly Brime ...
Anthony Burgmans ...
Kent Butler ...
Himself - University of Texas (as Dr. Kent Butler)
Michel Camdessus ...
Himself - Former Director, International Monetary Fund
Charles-Louis de Maud'huy ...
Himself - Vivendi Environmentalist
Ashwin Desai ...
Himself - Author, We are the Poor
Siddharaj Dhadda ...
Himself - Gandhian Leader
Shripad Dharmadhikary ...
Antoine Frerot ...
Himself - Vivendi Water
Ashok Gadgil ...
Himself - Senior Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Peter H. Gleick ...
Himself - Co-Founder and President, Pacific Institute
Wenonah Hauter ...
Herself - Executive Director, Food & Water Watch


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.

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How did a handful of corporations steal our water?




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15 December 2011 (Croatia)  »

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Flow - Wasser ist Leben  »

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Jean Luc-Touly - Former 30 Year Accountant Vivendi & Veolia Corp.: 70% of water worldwide is used by agriculture. 20% is used by industry. 10% by us. So it's because of agricultural and industrial users, that we need more and more water to grow things that should not grow in these places. And sure enough, to grow all of this, you need a lot of pesticides and chemicals. And sure enough, all those chemicals with water, in the earth... it's not a good marriage.
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My Tears Started Flowing! Should Be Required Viewing Before Graduating College!
16 October 2008 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

It's not very often that tears start rolling down my cheeks while watching a political documentary! Flow was that moving! A film full of both the very best and the very worst humanity has to offer.

I'm an environmental activist and have been following global water issues for years. What makes Flow so absolutely wonderful is that it covers it all. It's like watching a prosecutor make an indictment: needless water contamination by some rather nasty chemicals, such as pesticides, herbicides and pharmaceuticals; harm caused by World Bank & IMF policies; gross abuses of human rights by smug transnational water corporations throughout the world, including the USA; harm caused by damming many of the world's largest rivers; preventable diseases and deaths caused by polluted water, such a cholera; hormonal changes in fish and amphibians.

On the other hand you see some incredibly brave people stand up to these mind-boggling abuses of power. Even an extremely elderly disciple of Mahatma Gandhi teaches the next generation of activists how to be effective. Plenty of brilliant and appropriate, low-technology solutions are shown. It does not take huge transnational corporations to assure the delivery of safe drinking water, which is (pardon the pun) made crystal clear!

Flow is one of the most outstanding documentaries I have had the privilege to watch in my entire life! My hat's off to all those who made this magnificent film possible!

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