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Dead in the Water ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB537531
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Neil Docherty, William Marsden, Adam Symansky, Sally Reardon, David Studer, Maurice Ribière, Laure Audidière, Éric Michel, Sally Bochner
Directors:  Neil Docherty
Producing Agencies:  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Toronto),National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal),Société Radio-Canada (Toronto)
Subject:  Civics, Documentary, Environmental Studies, Geography, Global Studies, Science, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2006
Running Time:  51:57
Closed Captions:  Yes


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There's a problem with the world's water supply. One person in four doesn't have access to clean drinking water. Many governments lack either the resources or the will to provide this essential commodity to their citizens.

In recent years, a number of powerful companies have spotted this crisis and seen a business opportunity. From the deserts of California to the streets of Soweto, and in several thousand other cities and towns throughout the world, often with the involvement of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, these corporations have attempted to privatize what many consider a public trust.

Dead in the Water investigates the results of these efforts at privatization in several key locations, and chronicles what many see as the first in a wave of battles in the years to come.

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