Water Wars: When Drought, Flood and Greed Collide is a documentary released by Cinema Libre Studio that discusses global warning and its impact on the world’s water supply. The documentary focuses mainly on the nation of Bangladesh because it is hit so hard by the effects of drought, flood, and greed. It also includes some coverage of New Orleans and the effects of the flood caused by Hurricane Katrina and a flood in Holland caused when a dam broke.
Bangladesh is surrounded on three sides by the country of India. India controls the water flowing into Bangladesh by damming the rivers in the drought season and opening the dams during the rainy season to release water and prevent flooding in India. Unfortunately, while helping India, these actions harm Bangladesh.
When India dams the river to keep water in India, it cuts off all water to Bangladesh and the river beds dry up completely and turn Bangladesh into a huge desert void of any water or vegetation. This forces Bangladesh to dig deeper wells which results in arsenic poisoning and many deaths. When India releases the water from their dam to avoid flooding in India, it releases torrents of water into Bangladesh that flood many villages and kill people. Experts believe that water will be the cause of the next world war.
The documentary includes on-the-scene footage of the flood, drought, and protests happening in Bangladesh as well as footage from New Orleans and the Dutch crisis team. It looks at how Holland is handling the situation with state of the art canal and levee systems. It also includes interviews with water management experts, government officials, protesters, and people affected by the water wars. The movie is narrated by Martin Sheen.
I had no idea of the seriousness of the flooding and drought in Bangladesh until I watched this film. It truly is heartbreaking to see the devastation caused in that country. I really urge you to watch this DVD and learn if there is some way we can all work together to help this crisis.
Water Wars: When Drought, Flood and Greed Collide is 55 minutes in length. it is available on DVD on August 31, 2010.