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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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Irena Salina, Dan Berger
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Credited cast:
Bill Alexander Bill Alexander ... Self - Thames Water
Maude Barlow ... Self - Author, Blue Gold
Basil Bold Basil Bold ... Self - Managing Director, Invensys Metering Systems
Shelly Brime Shelly Brime ... Self
Anthony Burgmans Anthony Burgmans ... Self
Kent Butler Kent Butler ... Self - University of Texas (as Dr. Kent Butler)
Michel Camdessus Michel Camdessus ... Self - Former Director, International Monetary Fund
Charles-Louis de Maud'huy Charles-Louis de Maud'huy ... Self - Vivendi Environmentalist
Ashwin Desai Ashwin Desai ... Self - Author, We are the Poor
Siddharaj Dhadda Siddharaj Dhadda ... Self - Gandhian Leader
Shripad Dharmadhikary Shripad Dharmadhikary ... Self
Antoine Frerot Antoine Frerot ... Self - Vivendi Water
Ashok Gadgil Ashok Gadgil ... Self - Senior Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Peter H. Gleick ... Self - Co-Founder and President, Pacific Institute
Wenonah Hauter ... Self - Executive Director, Food & Water Watch
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Water is the very essence of life. It sustains every living being on this planet and without it, there would be nothing. Literally. In her film FLOW: For Love Of Water, director Irena Salina sounds the alarm: our life- giving water is a resource in peril across the planet. The film highlights the local intimacies of a global crisis: African struggle plumbers reconnecting shanty town water pipes under cover of darkness to ensure a community Written by Anonymous

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How did a handful of corporations steal our water?

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Documentary

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TV-Y7 | See all certifications »
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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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2 April 2008 | by dedalus626See all my reviews

I saw a screening of FLOW at AFI Dallas, and it's one of the best documentaries (perhaps even THE best) I've ever seen.

The film covers a lot of ground. In fact, Salina probably could have made a series of films from her research. But instead she's managed to condense it down to a very watchable hour and a half. As she said in a Q&A after the screening, she realized during her research that although there is a wide range of water problems spread all across the globe, they are all connected, and it's important to look at the big picture. And from the viewer's perspective it's also interesting to see the connections between water problems in communities in India or Bolivia where privatization is putting poor communities in serious danger and communities in Michigan where Nestle is stealing water from the aquifers without paying a penny.

And, like any good documentary, this one doesn't stop just after presenting a problem; it also talks about how communities are fighting back, providing inspiration for viewers to take a stand as well. This film should be required viewing.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 2011 (Croatia) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bolivia See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,644, 23 March 2008

Gross USA:

$142,569

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$142,569
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