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Water on the Table (2010)

Is water a commercial good like Coca-Cola, or a human right like air?


Liz Marshall


Liz Marshall


Maude Barlow
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Water On The Table features best selling author, public figure and water-warrior Maude Barlow, and her crusade to have water declared a human right, protected from privatization. "Water must be declared a public trust and a human right that belongs to the people, the ecosystem and the future, and preserved for all time and practice in law. Clean water must be delivered as a public service, not a profitable commodity." Water On the Table captures the public face of Maude Barlow as well as the unscripted woman behind the scenes, and shadows her life on the road in Canada and the United States over the course of a year as she leads an unrelenting schedule. From 2008 - 2009 Barlow served as the U.N. Senior Advisor on Water to Father Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, President of the 63rd Session of the United Nations. More than a portrait of an activist, Water On The Table presents several dramatic opposing arguments. Barlow's critics are policy and economic experts who argue that water is no ... Written by Liz Marshall

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Is water a commercial good like running shoes or Coca-Cola? Or, is water a human right like air?



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Brilliant example of people power!
8 March 2013 | by info-468-541462See all my reviews

Water on the Table, for me, was a brilliant example of people power lead by an unstoppable woman, Maude Barlow. Watching Maude's unwavering efforts to take on the corporations and governments who value money more than life itself was inspiring. She truly is a rock, and has no time for untruths - she is amazing to watch.

Liz Marshall's cinema verite styled film allows us to be so close to Maude on her journey, we truly feel like we are there. We are a part of the issue, and a part of the solution, and watching this doc will open your eyes to the realities of just how desperate Canada's, and the World's, fresh water issues truly are - they are our issues and Water on the Table will make you care.

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24 March 2010 (Canada) See more »

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