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Water & Power: A California Heist (2017)

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In California's complex water system, a handful of corporate land owners took advantage of a state-engineered system and gained control of the state's most precious public resource, while drought left local homeowners with dry wells.

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Marina Zenovich

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Water & Power: A California Heist uncovers the alarming exploits of California's most notorious water barons, who profit off of the state's resource while everyday citizens, unincorporated towns, and small farmers endure debilitating water crises. The film peels back the layers of a manipulative, backroom rewrite of California's water contracts in the 1990s, and investigates today's rise of luxury crops and illicit water transfers, all in the face of record drought. As the divide between water haves and have-nots grows, we face a humbling reality: water is the new oil, and as it becomes less accessible, it is rapidly growing more valuable.

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23 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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California, USA

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Jigsaw Productions See more »
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A great documenatary on the water situation in California
3 September 2018 | by John BaileySee all my reviews

The documentary views the practices of 'The Wonderful Company', aka Paramount Farms, a mega-agribusiness that uses large quantities of water to irrigate acre upon acre of almond trees (a luxury crop that uses lots of water) while in a nearby town the residents have no water. Whole counties, such as Kern County are in their pocket.

Nothing like it has been seen here since the (debated) Southern Pacific Railroad running of California State politics pre-1910. Or seen here since the film "Chinatown" was released in 1974, which documented a previous water theft, but is still relevant today.


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