Film Screening: "FLOW: For Love of Water"

Special screening and discussion with Nikhil Chandavarkar
Chief, Communications & Outreach Division for Sustainable Development, United Nations

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception and Registration
(Screening starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.)

The Tribeca Grand Hotel
2 Avenue of the Americas (between White and Walker Streets)
New York, NY

UNA Members Free; Guests $10
Non-members, join for a $25 introductory membership and attend for free.

Reservations required: Call (212) 907-1353 or e-mail:

FLOW hopes to open your eyes to the dire state of the world's water supply. The documentary focuses mostly on developing nations and the corporate takeover of water systems in those countries. In Cochabamba, Bolivia, we see footage of the water wars, which erupted after the privatization of the municipal water system. In Africa, we see families who were uprooted from their homes so that a hugely expensive dam could be built to control the flow of water. And in India, the threat of water privatization looms. The filmmakers make the argument that the privatization of fresh water is unethical. Water is a basic human need, a fundamental right, and that the privatization of water systems would mean decisions based on profit rather than sustainability in a community.

In the US we actively contaminate our water with pharmaceuticals, industrial pollutants, and other junk. Though our tap water is pretty regulated, we insist on buying bottled water. The bottled water industry is one of the fastest-growing and least regulated industries in the world.

Activist Maude Barlow, who is featured in the film, says California has 20 years of water left, Arizona has 10 "but with the way they're building golf courses they could reduce it to five."

On December 10, 2008, FLOW was invited to screen at the United Nations as part of the 60th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. Following the film we are pleased to present Nikhil Chandavarkar from the United Nations Division of Sustainable Development who will discuss water as the precious resource that it is.


UNA-NY is grateful for the generosity of the Tribeca Grand Hotel, for allowing our organization the consistent booking of their state of the art screening room for our film-talk series, Screening the Issues.