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Blue Gold: World Water Wars/More from VIFF

Sam Bozzo's film Blue Gold: World Water Wars, based on the book by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke, is a bold and important look at the present day water crisis.

It takes a hard look at the worldwide privatization of water supplies, and the devastating effects it has on everyone concerned, especially those in third world countries, erasing debt in exchange for water rights, where the people are forced to adhere to the absurdity of forfeiting their rights even to collect rain water.

“When you control the water, you control who lives and who dies."

“Its not about money. Its about power.”

From the Bush family buying up large sections of South America (the world's largest underground aquifer sits beneath Brazil), to fingering politicians and big businesses like Coca Cola, no holds are barred in this poignant film.

Barlow brings forth stunning accounts of heroic ordinary folk standing up and fighting fiercely, and winning, to turn things around and take back their rights to their life source.

“Wars of the world will be fought over water,” the film tells us.

But we're not left without answers. Barlow gives us hope in the end. Solutions to the problem. And time. We need to move now, she indicates, but it's not too late. (

When it came to the much anticipated question and answer period with Sam Bozzo and Executive Producer Mark Achbar (The Corporation) at the end of the film, most of the audience members who spoke up took the opportunity to tag on chapters of their own concerns, until the last question of the evening when a brilliant young man stood up and asked:
“if there were three things we could do right now, what would they be?”

The answers:
1 – find out where the water that you drink comes from. What is the name of the watershed.
2 – find out what the quality of the water is.
3 – find out what's being done with your water supply. Educate yourself on what's happening to your own water supplies.

Awesome. I raise my glass of crystal blue Seymour River Watershed tap water to you all.

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