The rush to privatize water is underway across the world.
In the new documentary 'Thirst,' filmmakers Deborah Kaufman
and Alan Snitow set out to explore the consequences.
By showing how activists in Stockton, Cochabamba and India
are all (to paraphrase a slogan coined by environmentalists)
thinking globally but acting locally, Snitow and Kaufman give
us a provocative look at the current and coming water wars.
It is a war, with people on both sides determined to do what's
LA JORNADA (MEXICO CITY): Thirst muestra la sed de justicia ante el intento de mercantilizar el agua: Olivera
THE HINDU (BANGALORE): "Water isn't a sexy enough issue for most people," says Deborah Kaufman, co-director of Thirst, a lucid and alarming documentary on water privatisation around the world. And she is right. There is hardly any hue and cry about ongoing attempts by various governments to hand over basic public amenities to private enterprise.
Mercury: Thirst is like a message in a bottle sent from
the future. It tells the beginning of what could be one of
the major political and economic issues to shape the next
Water is life, but the livin' ain't easy in "Thirst,"
Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman's docu about the life-giving
liquid that can no longer be taken for granted.
Francisco Bay Guardian: Snitow and Kaufman, who last explored
the pitfalls of privatization in their 2001 collaboration,
Secrets of Silicon Valley, sought to portray the often overlooked
human dimension of this struggle.
Francisco Bay Guardian: Local documentarians Alan Snitow
and Deborah Kaufman's latest presents another smart bottom-to-top
take on complexly related racial, economic, legislative, and
Record: Stockton is at the front of a 21st-century war:
the control of water.
Multinational corporations are turning to the precious resource
as their new profit center. In Stockton, the battle lines
have already been drawn between consumer activists and the
companies they believe covet control of their water.
The Jewish Week: In a sense, both “The Corporation” and “Thirst” are arguments that in the modern world of globalization, the Internet and pervasive branding, logos and merchandising, Pharaoh is the 21st-century corporation.