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The Water Front

Liz Miller / Canada / 2007 / 53 ' / English

Credits

Liz Miller, Susan Shanks, Frederic Moffet & Etienne Gagnon
Liz Miller
John Brennan
Red Lizard Media
Theme Music: Joe L. Carter
Narration: Achebe Powell

Awards & Festivals

Best of the Festival, Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
Community Empowerment Award, National Council for Community Reinvestment
Katherine Knight Award, EarthVision Environmental Film Festival
Best Water & Wetlands Film (Ramsar/Medwet Award), Ecofilms Rodos International Film and Visual Arts Festival
Silver Drop Award, International Water and Film Events, World Water Forum, Istanbul
Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival
Society for Visual Anthropology, American Anthropological Association, Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival In The Nation's Capital
Planet In Focus International Environmental Film Festival
Rencontres Internationales Documentary Film Festival, Montreal
Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival
Detroit Docs International Film Festival
3R's (Restoration, Revolution, Resurrection) Festival
Anthropology Film Festival at UBC
Human Rights Film Festival, Paris
Salem Film Festival
Northhampton Film Festival
Princeton Environmental Film Festival
San Francisco Black Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival of Catalonia, Barcelona
Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival
Berks Movie Madness Film Festival
Hamilton Social Justice Film Festival
Voices from the Waters Film Festival, Bangalore, India
Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival
Buffalo International Film Festival

Upcoming Screenings

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In Production

The story of Highland Park, Michigan, and the larger issues of water privatization and human rights.

Synopsis

What if you lived by the largest body of fresh water in the world but could no longer afford to use it? With a shrinking population, the post-industrial city of Highland Park, Michigan is on the verge of financial collapse. The state of Michigan has appointed an Emergency Financial Manager who sees the water plant as key to economic recovery. She has raised water rates and has implemented severe measures to collect on bills. As a result, Highland Park residents have received water bills as high as $10,000, they have had their water turned off, their homes foreclosed, and are struggling to keep water, a basic human right, from becoming privatized. The Water Front is the story of an American city in crisis but it is not just about water. The story touches on the very essence of our democratic system and is an unnerving indication of what is in store for residents around the world facing their own water struggles. The film raises questions such as: Who determines the future of shared public resources? What are alternatives to water privatization? How will we maintain our public water systems and who can we hold accountable?

 

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