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Sunday, November 16
Castro Theater, San Francisco
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Director: Irene Salina
Country/Year: US, 2007
Running Time: 93 mins
Format: 35mm
Language: English

Panel discussion following film
Panelists: Ritu Primlani, Thimmakka; Amit Srivastava, India Resource Center; Patrick McCully, International Rivers; Prof. Ashok Gadgil, UC Berkeley

India, Bolivia, Canada, France, South Africa, and the United States -- different countries, same problem: the world's primary resource is being hijacked by corporate greed. In this inspiring and visually stunning film, Salina travels across the world, documenting how dedicated activists are challenging the Goliaths, and offering creative, sustainable solutions from the ground-up. In India, Salina talks to grassroots activists, including Vandana Shiva and 'the waterman of India' Shri Rajendra Singh. The film threads back and forth between the different countries to create a truly global tapestry of voices, all championing the sustainable use of water and its preservation as a basic human right.

From the filmmaker's website:
Irene Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st century – the World Water Crisis.

Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?"

Beyond identifying the problem, Flow also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.