Alternet: 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.

San Francisco Chronicle: 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 necessary.

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 privatization 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.

Portland 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 century.

Variety: 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.

San 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.

San 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 individual issues.

Stockton 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.


“Thirst” is a remarkable film. The looming freshwater crisis is the greatest environmental and human rights crisis of our time. Not surprisingly, the move is on by powerful corporations and governments to commodify and cartelize the world’s water supplies for power and profit. “Thirst” is the story of this assault and the fight to stop it.
— Maude Barlow, National Chair, Council of Canadians and Co-author, with Tony Clarke, Blue Gold, The Fight to Stop Corporate Theft of the World’s Water.

“Thirst” is fabulous. A moving and inspiring film about one of the biggest water issues of our day— the growing dangers of corporate control over water. It sounds a clarion call for citizens and governments to reaffirm that water is a public trust, not a commodity to be exploited for private profit. I hope “Thirst” is viewed widely, discussed at town meetings and in legislative debates, and that it energizes citizen involvement in water decisions. A powerful —and needed— film.
– Sandra Postel, co-author of Rivers for Life and director of the Global Water Policy Project.

Do you know who controls your water? You’d better find out. As this powerful film shows it may already be a private corporation run from afar. ‘Thirst’ challenges apathy and ignorance about our most precious resource and shows how every citizen’s voice can, indeed must, make a difference. See this film, and be inspired to act.
—Peter H. Gleick, author of The World’s Water, and 2003 MacArthur Fellow

“Thirst” brilliantly dramatizes a potential threat of great enormity. A careful and deeply disturbing film about the threat to human safety and survival worldwide by corporate attempts to privatize the earth’s water supplies.
— Norris Hundley, Author, The Great Thirst, Professor Emeritus of History, UCLA

“Thirst” is a provocative portrayal in stark human terms of current battles over water privatization. Communities rise in protest; corporate interests seem to turn a deaf ear. Can there be a middle ground? “Thirst” provides a passionate jumping off point for a debate that is just beginning.
— Tom Graff, Environmental Defense

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