A film that documents why the world is losing fresh water supplies and the politics behind its ownership and distribution.
History has hidden within it umpteen episodes when scarcity of a particular thing has led to bloodbaths of the most gruesome kind. After waging battles over land, food, oil and other essentials for life, mankind is now on the verge of a global war thanks to the scarcity of fresh water. Blue Gold: World Water Wars, a documentary by Sam Bozzo, seeks to wake us up to the horrific reality staring us in the face.
The documentary looks at how the source of all life — fresh water — is being polluted, wasted and abused by the exponentially growing population. This is leading to available resources being depleted at a rapid pace, thus allowing corporate giants and corrupt governments to take control of the remaining water and hold people to ransom for every drop.
This paucity is set to cause major shifts in the power structure as military control of water occurs and etches out a new geo-political map.
India is already facing the brunt of this paucity, with wastage and pollution being widespread. Oblivious to us, the situation is worsening by the day. It won’t be long before fresh water — that we take for granted today — comes with a huge price tag. Even if we can afford it, we may probably not get enough for even the most basic needs.
It is to make people aware of this grim future that Prithvi Theatre and Vikalp: Films for Freedom are screening Blue Gold as part of the ‘Vikalp@Prithvi’ initiative.
Kunal Kapoor of Prithvi says of this initiative, “We partner with several groups/people to promote the performing arts and get more people excited about our art. Vikalp is one group that curates documentaries from around the world. We provide the space and equipment to showcase this art to the general public. We screen a selection of documentaries and short films on the last Monday of every month at Prithvi House. Entry to all screenings is free and on a first-come-first-seated basis.”
Vikalp: Films for Freedom believes that an assault on freedom of expression is an assault on democracy itself. The organisation was conceived as a response to the censorship borne by several documentary makers in 2004. Over the years, Vikalp has transformed from a parallel festival into a movement that holds regular screenings at Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata.
Blue Gold: World Water Wars
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai
When: August 27