For The Love Of Water Analysis

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“FLOW: For the Love of Water” Tragedy of a common resource no one can relinquish

The award winning, 2008 documentary “Flow: For the Love of Water” presents a partisan piece of cinematography on a topic that until then had—for many living in the rich world—been taken for granted: clean drinking water. Following the long effective tactics of environmental shock doctrine, the movie makes a case for the pressing issues related to water shortage and wrongs within the water industry, especially the bottled water industry. After outlining the current threats global water supplies face, because of agricultural use and pollution for example, the movie moves on to what it deems the main culprit for the remaining water resources’ unfair distribution
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For example, in one of the first sequences the situation after the privatisation of water in two Bolivian cities is shown. Here, the goal was to provide clean drinking water for everyone, but it completely backfired and rather the opposite happened. Alienated between now even more polluted water and unaffordable or even unavailable drinking water, the citizens took to the streets in a campaign against the changes. Another example in the film is the situation along the Ganges, where Suez, one of the big water corporations, built a dam to harvest bottled water for Delhi citizens. By that it not only cuts off the water resources for many, and provides an alternative in bottled from to a manifold higher markup—although the cleanliness of the Ganges water remains doubtful—the company also inadvertently caused the displacement of many farmers living below the dam. These usually rely on the natural flooding of the river, which is now…show more content…
It concludes that, while the movie presents an important contribution to raising awareness on the pressing issue of water shortages and the many pitfalls of water privatisation, its one-sided portrait of the strait tends to vilify the side of the corporations. These act undoubtedly against the broader interest of civil society, but are ultimately bound by incentives created by the economic system. It is the system we all take part in and from which we reap many benefits. Arguably, it can be fixed when incentives are aligned, but this demands clear, global water regulations and flexibility in solutions for all participants of society. There is not one model that will solve all problems, and the World Bank is one of the institutions that had to learn this the hard way. Privatisation can be a solution, but lack of competition, profit incentives, and no available substitutes make a strong case for finding alternatives or for regulating the process to maximize economic gain for the wider society. These issues not only affect developing countries, but have implications for every country. FLOW makes aware of these issues, but it is only in the course of closer analysis that the societal dynamics working behind and causing the issues can be entangled. Only this way can a solution be found that is inclusive for all

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