As if rampant oil consumption and global warming aren’t enough to give you anxiety, Irena Salina’s impassioned documentary, FLOW, serves as a wakeup call for viewers to check the box next to global water crisis. Through a series of interviews with scientists and activists, the film touches upon two of the biggest water-related problems: privatization of the world’s dwindling water supply and the unsettling truth about the quality of bottled water, which remains largely unregulated by the government.

FLOW takes viewers on a tour of some of the world’s most bitter water battles, showing the ill effect that water privatization has on communities in impoverished, rural areas in countries such as Bolivia and South Africa. The second half of the film brings the problem closer to home, exposing the dangerous pathogens and bacteria that are often found in bottled water. While the film itself may be a bit daunting with its pre-apocalyptic tone, the message is clear: cherish and conserve your water supply because it is vanishing at an alarming rate.

–Published in Green Magazine, Winter 2009–