For Love of Water
It is well known that, as living beings, we all require water. Water is a basic need, and our relationships towards it in a variety of ways determine the quality of life on the entire planet. “FLOW: For Love of Water” is a documentary that focuses on this issue. As the main message of the film, the documentary portrays a realistic and honest picture of the modern world in relation to water and its consumption.
Opening with the quote by W. H. Auden, “Thousands have lived without love, none without water,” (“FLOW: For the Love of Water”) the direct message of the film is to bring awareness of the impact that modern social, political and economic infrastructures have on the natural resource and how much we’re dependent on it.The documentary opens up with an image of India’s Ganges telling the audience about the shocking statistic concerning water: “More than two million people die from water-borne diseases. Most of them are children, below five years of age” (“FLOW: For the Love of Water”). Switching to the next episode the audience becomes faced with the fact of global scope that we’re simply running out of fresh water. “The United States doesn’t keep the active record of how many people die from water every year. There’re estimates of 500 000 to 7 million people gets sick from drinking tap water” (“FLOW: For the Love of Water”).
One of the problems that exist in the context of contamination of water is many developed countries are forced to give away their control of their water systems to the multinational companies, such as Suez or Vivendi Environment, whose main concerned is only seen in financial benefit, which leads them to purposefully contaminate the water. The documentary concentrates viewer’s attention around the different aspects of this global issue. Bolivia is one of the countries where a struggle for water control turned into horrific fight between the government and its citizens. In South African suburban area people are forced to drink water from the river, as they cannot afford the tap water or any means to clean the stream water. As it is told in the interview with the film’s authorities, when private companies came to these lands, they were welcomed by people, as it seemed like they were going to invest into the installation of facilities that would enhance the quality of living, yet, in reality, what seemed to be a project aimed to support poor people, turned out into a political and economic scheme where rich try to earn more money on the poor.
Thus, the quality of installed water systems became unacceptable, which is how it drove people to pay money for cleaner water. Yet, the poor, who cannot afford clean water, are forced to drink the water from streams and rivers that are pollute and that bring irrevocable damage to health, or resulting ultimately in death.However, the problem of pollution of water doesn’t only concern developed countries. According to the experts who …