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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 ... Himself - Baur Farms
Ernest Benedict Ernest Benedict ... Himself - Akwesasne First Nation
John K. Bruce John K. Bruce ... Himself - Green Bay, WI
Robert Budds Robert Budds ... Himself - Bath, IL
Harriet F. Cassick Harriet F. Cassick ... Herself - Niagara Falls, NY
Jacob W. Cassick Jacob W. Cassick ... Himself - Niagara Falls, NY
Leonard R. Cassick Leonard R. Cassick ... Himself - Niagara Falls, NY
Pat Chow Frasier Pat Chow Frasier ... Herself - McMaster Unviersity
Robert S. Christenson Robert S. Christenson ... Himself - EPA
Christopher Clayton Carlson Christopher Clayton Carlson ... Himself - Carlson Builders
Dan Kouchie Dan Kouchie ... Himself - Pic River First Nation
Andrea Curtis Andrea Curtis ... Herself - Pointe au Baril, Ontario
Erica Curtis Erica Curtis ... Herself - Pointe au Baril, Ontario
Veronik de La Chenelière Veronik de La Chenelière ... Herself - Marine Mammal Research Group
Joanne Dejonges Joanne Dejonges ... Herself - 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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2 May 2009 (Canada) See more »

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this is one of those 'tough to watch' docs
7 September 2012 | by esoterc_circleSee all my reviews

The reason being it just keeps hitting us with difficult situations in every environment it explores, where each time the situation looks pretty grim. If we are open to what the director is saying, and not just dismissing it all like some damn oil-man, we will have to admit that it IS a crying shame what our presence has really meant on this earth. This film deserves a considerably higher score than what it's been given.For its gritty nature I would definitely recommend this film to anyone concerned about the environment and our future here on the planet.At least we might last a little longer than some of those poor fish in the lakes...

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