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Movie Review: Flow

Alternate Title: Pump Baby Pump

Story: Water water everywhere and according to this thought and anger provoking documentary by director and writer, Irena Salina pretty soon there is not going to be a whole lot of it to drink. This film demonstrates a strong case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply. She finger points and introduces us to many of the governmental and corporate perpetrators behind the greedy water grab. Vivendi, Thames, Suez, Coke or Pepsi most likely produced the bottled water that is in your refrigerator right now.

The film's talking heads are not simply sitting behind desks and pontificating how the world should fix this emerging problems. We meet a handful of people who are in the trenches, fighting the good fight, against these multi-national corporations. We also get to see some inexpensive practical solutions to bringing water to the poorest on this earth.

I left the film vowing to never buy another vessel of bottled water again. Very often the water in that expensive bottle you are buying is not as fresh as the water flowing from your tap. The old saying that you should treat your body like a temple, not an amusement park works for me.
Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGd9D4J0lag

Acting: Some of the talking heads include: William E. Marks, Vandana Shiva, Maude Barlow, Erik D. Olson, Ashwin Desai, Peter Gleick, Holly Wren Spaulding, Ashok Gadgil, Shri Rajendra Singh, Jim Schultz and Wenonah Hauter

Trivia: The five years in the making documentary was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008, won the International Jury Prize at the Mumbai International Film Festival, the award for Best Human Interest Film at the 2008 Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, and the award for Best Documentary at the 2008 Vail International Film Festival.

Predilection: I like documentaries

Blatant Product Placement: All of the bottled water labels such as, Deer Park, Poland Spring, Dasani and on and on and on. I am sure that they did not pay for the blatant negative advertising seen in this film.

Theater Audience: A handful of other people.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: It is very squirmy to watch the poorest people on this planet living in the conditions that they have to live.

Drift Factor: I paid attention throughout.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine but if you could find it in a theater near you I would recommend it. I think it is important to support independent film makers.

Length: 90 minutes