Blue Gold examines the reasons behind the world’s ever-depleting supply of fresh water – and why the fight for it has already begun
If you need a good reason to think about water when you normally wouldn’t, then this is your chance. The rousing 2008 documentary film Blue Gold: World Water Wars addresses the dire state of the world’s water crisis, expertly lambasting the myth that water problems only exist in the developing world while explaining how those living in poorer countries are consistently denied access to fresh water by being forced to privatise their limited supplies of it. The part which transnational corporations and corrupt governments play in the trafficking of water must never be underestimated, and this truly comes under fire in the film, exposing the state of resource abuse for what it is.
Humans have intercepted, drained and polluted precious fresh-water rivers across the world to the point that they are no longer usable. Water is the essential component of sustaining life: it should not be treated like oil. Blue Gold addresses the problems, the symptoms, and how we can all help to stop this problem getting worse.
Blue Gold was made by American filmmaker Sam Bozzo based on the book Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water by Canadians Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke. The film features English actor Malcolm McDowell as its narrator.
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