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Waterlife (2009)

A look at the natural beauty and environmental crisis surrounding the Great Lakes.


Kevin McMahon


Kevin McMahon
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Cast overview:
Bruce Baur Bruce Baur ... Self - Baur Farms
Ernest Benedict Ernest Benedict ... Self - Akwesasne First Nation
John K. Bruce John K. Bruce ... Self - Green Bay, WI
Robert Budds Robert Budds ... Self - Bath, IL
Harriet F. Cassick Harriet F. Cassick ... Self - Niagara Falls, NY
Jacob W. Cassick Jacob W. Cassick ... Self - Niagara Falls, NY
Leonard R. Cassick Leonard R. Cassick ... Self - Niagara Falls, NY
Pat Chow Frasier Pat Chow Frasier ... Self - McMaster Unviersity
Robert S. Christenson Robert S. Christenson ... Self - EPA
Christopher Clayton Carlson Christopher Clayton Carlson ... Self - Carlson Builders
Dan Kouchie Dan Kouchie ... Self - Pic River First Nation
Andrea Curtis Andrea Curtis ... Self - Pointe au Baril, Ontario
Erica Curtis Erica Curtis ... Self - Pointe au Baril, Ontario
Veronik de La Chenelière Veronik de La Chenelière ... Self - Marine Mammal Research Group
Joanne Dejonges Joanne Dejonges ... Self - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore


Water's journey from streams entering Lake Superior to the mouth of the Saint Lawrence Seaway takes 350 years. The narration establishes the importance of the Great Lakes for the U.S. and Canada's fresh water. Then, for each of the Great Lakes, plus Lake St. Clair, the film focuses on specific environmental problems: lamprey eels in Lake Superior, heavy metals in Lake Michigan, zebra mussels in Lake Huron, petrochemical waste in Lake Erie, and toxic waste dumps near Lake Ontario all degrade human and animal health. The film argues that governments and industry turn a blind eye to needed clean up and regulation, putting plants, fish, birds, and humans at risk. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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I was horrified
16 August 2011 | by PridethSee all my reviews

I disagreed with the reviewer who said this was too low key and didn't make him feel ashamed. I found it contributed in a major way to the shame for my species which has been building for many years.

The film also horrified and frightened me - we have been polluting the waters of the world too long and at the moment there doesn't seem to be much progress in dealing with this. Plus the time bomb of buried waste products which still may leach into the waters of the Great Lakes is very worrying. It makes me almost glad that I am getting on in years and unlikely to see the final devastating results of our neglect of Mother Earth.

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2 May 2009 (Canada) See more »

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L'eau c'est la vie See more »

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