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Did You Attend The Film Flow? What Did You Think?

Rob Lorei about about 6 years ago

Last night (527) WMNF presented the film FLOW at the Tampa Pitcher Show (thanks to Wayne Valenti for underwriting the cost of the film!). What did you think of the film? Should we sponsor another showing? What did you think of the talk-back session afterward? Here's adescription of the film:

Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis.

Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?"

Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

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Flawed- But Worthwhile

I've been to a couple of WMNF's sponsored movies and certainly appreciate the effort on the station's part in bringing these movies here. FLOW, in my opinion, was good at raising several issues in regards to water (availability, cleanliness, exploitation, ownership), but seemed to go out of it's way to demonize the World Bank and business interests. On every issue, there was only one side presented, and I left feeling that I'd watched a propaganda piece. Yes, big dam projects displace people, but couldn't they have said they also provide electricity and drinking water for many more people? Yes, water "cartels" charge people for their water, but are they not providing clean water to remote regions where clean water is problematic? I would have appreciated a more complete presentation of the issues. The movie also pointed out that beverage companies are leasing properties and working with municipalities to get cheap, or nearly free, water. Not realy surprising, they are businesses after all. But the one thing that really baffles me is something that Charlie Miranda said in the discussion period after the movie. It seems that the city sells water to both Coca Cola and Pepsi. Well ok, business need water too. But should Tampa (or any other city) be selling a scarce, albeit cheap, commodity like water, only for it to be resold at a profit? In other words, in times of scarce water, and scarce revenuse for cities, should Tampa be a wholesaler to businesses?

Outrageous Water Give Away to Big Business!

I found both the film and discussion very interesting and informative. The fact that Tampa sells water to Coke and Pepsi at the same price it sells water to any other business doesn't surprise or bother me. Many Tampa businesses buy lots of water for many reasons. Why should Coke or Pepsi be treated any differently? If we're foolish enough to pay top $ for carbonated sweetened tap water, that's on us, not the Tampa Water Dept. What really fries my butt was learning that Florida's State Cabinet (Gov., A.G. & CFO) supply Nestle, etc. with many millions of gallons of water from OUR precious aquifer for FREE - ZIP - NADA. Selling it to them is debatable but giving it away to big business while the rest of us conserve is OUTRAGEOUS! The Cabinet needs to hear that from us! Discussion panelist and consumer reporter Ivan Penn has written extensively about these issues. Its a must read for anyone interested in the topics addressed in FLOW and the discussion. It can be found at


Flow and Kilowatt Ours were my two favorite presentations in the Film Series so far. I like to see movies that deal with environmental issues. I especially like to see movies that can recommend ways that the ordinary person can help solve problems. In regard to the speakers I was impressed with Ivan Penn's input and responses. As caretakers of this fragile ecosystem we call earth, it is up to us to become informed about these important issues. I am pleased that WMNF taking part in the discussion through films like these. I hope to see more of these kinds of films and discussion in the future that raise community awareness.


More than anything, I think WMNF is providing everyday citizens with the power to become aware and involved with issues that are not reaching us through normal means of media. When Kilowatt Ours played, and there were speakers talking about conservation techniques being used today, I became aware of things I didn't know. I also became involved in the movement to stop Mountaintop Removal. And it's been stopped. I think that FLOW provided us with the side of the argument that never gets heard: that although these global corporations are bringing water to the poor - they are bringing it with a deadly price to both the people that can't afford it and the environment. I'm pretty sure that you won't see that side presented on corporate medias that have those companies as advertisers. When the water corporations, like Nestle, continue pumping water from springs and rivers when the levels are dangerously low, it is only right to vilify them because they have effectively become just that - the villain. The dams not only forced people to move because there was no longer a supply of water, but the dams dried up a FREE water source for many people and the water supplied to those "others" now costs money. Not a very just move in my book. The movie brings to light the idea of privatization of a free resource. The very thought of it is despicable because of what it has become and most assuredly what it will become - if we don't do something and speak out. This movie begs you to seriously consider who should pay and who should get paid? Which is why I loved the movie. It, along with the other WMNF films made me think and research and get involved. Thank you WMNF!


This an important topic - and may be one of the most important issues we face in the near future. This is a "must see" film - and we all need to be talking about water in our world.


I hope WMNF continues to provide essential information on a rapidly changing world in crisis.


I have to say I did NOT get to attend the showing of this film; but please tell us if this film will be made available for purchase or rental in the future! I really try to follow the issue of water use/privatization since my involvement with the "Crystal Springs/Zephyrhills Water" controversy of several years ago involving Terri Wolfe, a local activist. Water ownership is contentious at best; how can anyone "own" something that eminates from literally everywhere and knows no boundaries?

Replay By Popular Demand?

We seem to have a good discussion going on here. Maybe WMNF should consider showing FLOW again by popular demand concerning this important Florida subject. Maybe WMNF could get Terri Wolfe as a panelist next time.