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Flow is an informative, disturbing and enthralling film that highlights a criminally underreported problem.
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Problems are addressed in a narrative progression that gets more horrendous and builds into utter despair, except for the final few words of activism and optimism.
All of Salina's interviews and data tell a graphic story about corporate water piracy, the complicity of governments, the burden put on the poor and the scam of bottled water. But she can't quite jam it all in and still have a film that, well, flows.
As if we didn't have enough to worry about.
Salina's film might have been stronger had it not tried to cover so many water-related issues. But there's no denying its power.
Flow makes the case against the privatization of water, which is happening in gazillions of impoverished communities around the world, not to mention North American backyards.
When filmmaker Irena Salina does marshal the facts, Flow is an eye-opening, troubling 90 minutes that makes us think twice about an element we take for granted.
. . .[Canadian writer/activist ] Maude Barlow does provide a voice of sanity and tenacity in a world seemingly gone mad with greed.
The documentary shows in no uncertain terms that if we continue to abuse our water supply, Earth will become uninhabitable and humankind will become extinct.
The film makes a convincing case for better oversight of public water systems, water conservation, better water treatment systems and better control of industrial pollution which contaminates water supplies.
Before ending on a somewhat hopeful note of defiant activism, Irena Salina's globe-hopping documentary is a terrifying downer.
Although meandering at times, Flow is still a serviceable documentary spouting daunting informational facts and figures about the freshwater supply threats and the perilous consequences that inevitably follow.
Educational polemical documentary.
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