Did you know that over one billion people lack access to fresh, clean water? Well, it's true - an inconvenient truth, you might say. And as with global warming, things are likely to get a lot worse before they get better. We are smack dab in the middle of a water crisis that could make the oil crisis look like a day at the fair. More and more of the world's water supply is tainted with industrial chemicals, and what's left is being bought up by multinational bottling companies bent on making a profit off what should be an inalienable right.
That's the gist of Flow, Irena Salina's globe-trotting documentary, which piles up enough evidence to convince anyone who's ever turned on the tap and wondered what it would be like if nothing came out. Employing the usual techniques (lots of talking heads) to go after the usual suspects (corporations), Salina may be preaching to the choir, but the choir is adding members every day, each one of them thirsty for change. And the movie does manage to squeeze out a happy ending by featuring several small-is-beautiful projects that have bubbled up to the surface. Hopefully, there's a lot more down there.