"Thousands have lived without love, not one without water." -W.H. Auden
Water is the very essence of life, sustaining every being on the planet. FLOW
confronts the disturbing reality that our crucial resource is dwindling and greed just may be the cause. While specifics of locality and issue may differ, the message is the same: water, and our future as a species, is quickly drying up.
In this film the global picture unfolds through local stories: African plumbers reconnect shantytown water pipes under cover of darkness to ensure a community's survival; a Californian scientist forces awareness of toxic public water sources; a "Water Guru" in India sparks new community water initiatives in hundreds of villages, a Canadian author, Maude Barlow uncovers the corporate profiteering that drives global water business; and a "Big Water" CEO argues privatization is the wave of the future. With an unflinching focus on politics, pollution and human rights, FLOW
ensures that the precarious relationship between humanity and water can no longer be ignored. Maude Barlow's new book, Blue Covenant:The Global Water Crisis
and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water
, is the follow-up to Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water