It is very easy to become complacent about the world’s water
situation in a country where water is presently in plentiful supply.
The film FLOW: FOR THE LOVE OF WATER is very sobering and
is a film that every person should see and think about then act
upon. The director presents various situations from around the
world to let us know that water shortage is not something that
will reach a critical state soon; it already has.
The film exposes the privatizers of water and how big corporations
are taking advantage of the disappearance of clean water to
make themselves richer by controlling these resources. Even in
the United States, big corporations like Nestle are profoundly
affecting communities by pumping huge quantities of water,
depleting water supplies for big profit. FLOW debunks the idea
that bottled water is necessarily cleaner water. It educates about
the detrimental effects of unnecessary damming. It
unpropagandistically presents the seriousness of the waning
water resources even right here in the United States.
Thankfully, the film does not leave us with a total state of
hopelessness. The bleakness of the potential for death and
warfare is balanced with some uplifting examples of how some
communities around the globe have improved their own situation
and how inexpensive technologies can actually provide vital
clean water. It ends with the idea that we can do something
about this despite the seeming unstoppableness of juggernaut
corporations to be ultraprofitable at the expense of human life.
Personally, I never want to buy bottled water again, even though
our tap water is not 100% safe. Not that I ever bought much
anyway. I never really tasted the difference to tell you the truth.