Flow: For Love of Water (2008)

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Critic Consensus: Flow is an informative, disturbing and enthralling film that highlights a criminally underreported problem.

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Irena Salina directs this feature-length documentary about the industry and consumption of humankind's most precious resource: water. As African villages survive on potentially toxic water supplies out of sheer necessity, Salina explores how the corporate structure has come to control humanity's water supply, creating a dire situation that experts have come to refer to as the World Water Crisis. With issues of pollution, politics, and human rights all coming to a head with the issue, Salina points the finger at the specific corporate and governmental figures responsible for the crisis, and takes a look at how grassroots organizations work to fight the increasing privatization of water, hoping to end the imbalance in access to the precious resource that has already had mortal consequences for so many. ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi

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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.

Nov 7, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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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.

Oct 18, 2008
Variety
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As if we didn't have enough to worry about.

Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 17, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 17, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4

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.

Sep 26, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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