Water Wars (2009) – Documentary Retroview

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According to a World Bank study, the demand for water will exceed supply by 40 percent within twenty years. By presenting an overview of recent flooding, drought, and other water-related disasters in Bangladesh, India and New Orleans, director Jim Burrough’s Water Wars: When Drought, Flood and Greed Collide presents a prescient look into the future of fresh water access and control, which many believe will be the cause for World War III.

The Fresh Water Crisis Worldwide

The United Nations may have declared access to fresh water to be a universal human right, but the sustaining the supply of fresh water is a global crisis. As stated in Water Wars, an estimated 35,000 people die daily from water related causes.

Physical manifestations of Earth’s water crisis include ongoing life-taking drought in Africa, death-dealing floods and tidal waves in Bangladesh, the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the sea breaking through the dykes in Holland and killing 1800 people.

Many critical conditions are the result of human doings — like the Indian government’s 2006 plan to create a massive River-Interlinking Project which would siphon off some 70% of the Brahmaputra River which provides Bangladesh with 65% of its fresh water. Great plan, that!

Burroughs and crew spent two years on location, filming one disaster after another, and gathering expert opinion about what can be done to keep fresh water flowing freely for all. Martin Sheen narrates.

Film Details:

Title: Water Wars: When Drought, Flood and Greed Collide
Director: Jim Burroughs
Release date on DVD August 31, 2010, Streaming April 2020
Running time: 60 minutes
Parents Guide: Advisory for content
Distributor: Cinema Libre
Production: USA
Locations: USA, Bangladesh, India
Production Company: Film For Thought
Distributor for DVD: Cinema Libre

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