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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.


Marina Zenovich


Mark Arax (story consultant)
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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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Rated PG for thematic elements, some language and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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Good, But Missed Points
25 March 2018 | by escmraySee all my reviews

The Wonderful Company is definitely not an upstanding company, especially when it comes to water and oaks. Look into them to not support their products. But it's not just the greedy 2% of the ag (really more big investors), the State is really at fault for our current situation. There has been nothing done for preparation of droughts as we live in a state with regular droughts. Storage would have been smart. They have allowed the water ways to dump into oceans to "save" certain fish. Major cities did not decrease usage, while rural had no choice but to. Some like poor Porterville have no options...they are dry. It's a mess. I believe the State is using this water crisis and the 2% as a reason to gain control of the actual ag industry (backed by families) to regulate your food & water...your livelihood. Power is money.

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23 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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California, USA

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