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How did a handful of corporations steal our water?
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. | Add synopsis »
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Bill Alexander ... Himself - Thames Water
Maude Barlow ... Herself - Author, Blue Gold
Basil Bold ... Himself - Managing Director, Invensys Metering Systems
Shelly Brime ... Herself
Anthony Burgmans ... Himself
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 ... Himself
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
Tyrone Hayes ... Himself - Biologist, University of California, Berkeley
David Hemson ... Himself - Research Director, Human Sciences Research Council, South America

Pamela Hill ... Herself - Bottled Water Restaurant Patron

William Joseph Hill ... Himself - Bottled Water Restaurant Patron

Penn Jillette ... Himself - Magician (archive footage)
Ronnie Kasrils ... Himself - Former Minster of Water Affairs and Forestry, South Africa
Gigi Kellett ... Herself - Corporate Accountability International
Néstor Kirchner ... Himself - President of Argentina (archive footage)
Jean Luc-Touly ... Himself - Former 30 Year Accountant Vivendi & Veolia Corp.
Anna Debwese Mape ... Herself - Former Lesotho Farmer

William E. Marks ... Himself - Author, The Holy Order of Water
Patrick McCully ... Himself - Executive Director, International Rivers Network
Fatima Meer ... Herself - Nelson Mandela's Biographer
Gerard Mestrallet ... Himself - CEO, Suez
Bob Nameng ... Himself - Teacher, Soweto Kliptown Youth
Sunita Narain ... Herself
Marcela Olivera ... Herself - Bolizian Activist
Oscar Olivera ... Himself - Leader of 2000 Cochabamba Water Wars
Erik D. Olson ... Himself - Former Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
Jim Olson ... Himself - Environmental Attorney
Rod Parsley ... Himself - Terrapin Asset Management
Medha Patkar ... Herself - Anti-Dam Activist
Gérard Payen ... Himself - Suez Water
Julian Perez ... Himself - Federation of Neighborhoods, El Alto
T. Boone Pickens ... Himself - Entrepreneur
Mary Anne Rennet ... Herself - Store Owner
Paul Schwartz ... Himself - National Policy Coordinator, Clean Water Action

Vandana Shiva ... Herself - Physicist & Environmental Activist
Jim Shultz ... Himself - Founder, Democracy Center, Bolivia
Rajendra Singh ... Himself - Indian Activist
Holly Wren Spaulding ... Herself - Journalist
Achim Steiner ... Himself
Terry Swier ... Herself - President, Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation

Teller ... Himself - Magician (archive footage)
James Wolfensohn ... Himself - Former World Bank President (archive footage)

Directed by
Irena Salina 
Produced by
Caroleen Feeney .... executive producer
Augusta Brown Holland .... executive producer
Gill Holland .... co-producer
Lee Jaffe .... executive producer
Brent Meikle .... executive producer
Cornalia Meikle .... executive producer
Hadley Meikle .... executive producer
Stephen Nemeth .... executive producer
Matthew Parker .... associate producer
Steven Starr .... producer
Stella Thomas .... line producer: Brazil
Stella Thomas .... line producer: India
Yvette Tomlinson .... co-producer
Original Music by
Christophe Julien 
Cinematography by
Pablo de Selva 
Irena Salina 
Film Editing by
Caitlin Dixon 
Madeleine Gavin 
Andrew Mondshein 
Production Management
Brian Glazer .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Andre Von Morisse .... illustrator
Sound Department
Ken Hahn .... sound re-recording mixer
James David Redding III .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Ajoy Mani .... additional graphics
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Cusack O'Connell .... additional camerawork
Editorial Department
Anne Fratto .... assistant editor
David Gauff .... online editor
Lucjan Gorczynski .... assistant editor
Luis Ortiz Guillen .... editorial assistant
Jason Schneider .... assistant editor
Jane Tolmachyov .... colorist
Music Department
Roland Bochot .... music preparation
Justin Gerrish .... assistant music engineer
Scott Healy .... music producer
John P. Hopkins .... music engineer
Lisa Merlo .... music clearance
Transportation Department
Mr. Paplu .... driver: India
Other crew
Margo Ahlquist .... additional archival researcher
Chris Cliadakis .... archival footage researcher
Prashanti Duta .... translator: Hindi
Marcello Fiorini .... production coordinator: Brazil
Sylvain Gauthier .... translator: French
Kate Hipp .... production assistant
Kate Hipp .... transcriber
Kunio Kadowaki .... production coordinator: Japan
Ron Sithemble Kunene .... translator: Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho
Claudia Lopez .... production coordinator: Bolivia
Lawrence Ntimbane .... translator: Lesotho
Matt Olson .... researcher: Japan
Samantha .... transcriber
Susan Schweitzzer .... translator: Spanish
Elham Shabahat .... translator: Hindi
Saalim Shaikh .... production coordinator: India
Aaron Sherman .... transcriber
Nirvana Singh .... production coordinator: South Africa
Holly Wren Spaulding .... consultant: South Africa
Sudha Suryadevara .... translator: Telugu
Jacob Lenka Thamae .... consultant: TRC
Yvette Tomlinson .... production coordinator: South Africa
Rebecca Atwood .... thanks
Carly Hugo .... thanks
Kyle Luker .... thanks
Eve Pomerance .... special thanks

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21 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
For Love of FLOW, 10 June 2008
Author: (EPOMERANCE@AOL.COM) from Brooklyn, NY

FLOW - for the love of water A new documentary by Irena Salina

Why would I argue "Flow" is a masterpiece and must be seen? The truth is always in the details. It is not just another documentary banging you over the head to make a point. It actually serves as a poem about human struggle and the ability of the small person to rise up and fight the big corporation. Since most movies of this genre act as scare mongers, leaving the viewer overwhelmed and powerless at the end, this sets out to do exactly the opposite. The strength of this documentary is that it gives you the tools and the inspiration, to pick up the torch and run with it. It so effected me I could not bare to reach for my bottle of Poland Spring water and it was the hottest day on record yesterday, so that in itself speaks well for any film maker.

What Irena Salina has pulled off is nothing less than a miracle. She brings you the details: varieties of women carrying buckets of water on their heads, different countries, same problem. Castrated frogs, fish turning female en mass, then quietly Salina introduces her protagonist, water. Water is as fascinating as it is universal. It is both a necessity for all life on this planet, but the blood stream of the planet. Salinas makes the analogy of the blood circulating around the body and compares it with the waters of the earth.

Salina manages to always refrain from preaching by using amusing cartoons and clips from classics like, "The Third Man," to keep you in suspense and amused. After all, laughter is the greatest key to learning. Salina makes us laugh, then delivers the information that will keep you awake at night.

After showing the horror show of what the water companies have done in: South Africa, Bolivia and India, it returns home to show what is happening here in the States. The bad guys are well established by now: Suez, Vivendi and Thames Water. We begin with introductions from the CEOs of those companies, smiling like Cheshire cats, congratulating themselves for the great work they are doing. As with the trickle down effect, we meet the people living in the areas, where dams were built, forcing them off their land and depriving them of a water supply and a living. The we see how these same companies sell the water back to the villagers at a premium.

In South Africa it was explained, the poorest man on the street pays more than the wealthiest individual, just to use a communal tap. The other villain who remains faceless is the World Bank, who in return for their loans, forces countries to sell their water rights or lose out on "water development." What the film teaches us is "water development" is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Promising clean water and better supply, it actually delivers worse. Water that is undrinkable at best and expensive water that no one can afford. There there is Cholera, which is having a hell of a come back and it is all thanks to the World Bank.

In America the battle has begun in Michigan, where Nestle has been leasing land for the paltry sum of $65,000 for ninety years. While the Poland Spring people happily pump away the under ground reservoirs, they reduce nearby riverbanks to mud banks. What happens when the demand is so high that the locals not only lose their rivers, but also have to buy back their water, so they can drink, wash or grow crops? Sound familiar? Michigan took Nestle to the Supreme Court, only to have the ruling upturned. The amounts of water they could extract were reduced. So they simply leased another piece of land.

I found the water imagery and the score by Christophe Julien, provided a well needed release for the viewer. I have high hopes that this film will become compulsory viewing for governments and schools. The equation that for every bottle of water you drink, you are depriving whole villages of water in the third world and soon America, should make an impact. Not to mention the knowledge that bottled water is less regulated than tap water. Or the fact that those bottles are creating islands, not to mention killing off countless wild life. Not to mention the millions of displaced people who have no water. Is this what we have in store in America?

On a final note, the result of all of the "detail" in this movie, drove me to buy a filter system for our taps. I also went to my pet shop to get a tester. Apparently people who own fish tanks have always known about this stuff.

I should also be mentioned that this little film raised a lot of powerful eyebrows at Sundance Film Festival and is being released shortly at the Angelika and Cinema Village East. See it before your friends do, or suffer not only from ignorance but thirst!

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