WATER & POWER: A CALIFORNIA HEIST

By Marina ZENOVICH

CINETIC MEDIA - as SALES

Completed 2016


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Sundance Film Festival 2017
U.S. Documentaries
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Duration
    • 87 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Marina ZENOVICH
    • Synopsis
    • This thrilling investigation uncovers the high-level corruption behind California’s long-standing water crisis. Sweeping cinematography of California’s harsh, dry landscape asks us to visualize a fight for water in what feels like a modern day Chinatown. Filmmaker Marina Zenovich peels back the layers of California’s convoluted water structure—wealthy water barons show their guilty hand in exploiting the state’s resource, while small farmers and neighboring towns endure debilitating drought. We see luxury crops, like almonds, on the rise and groundwater contamination increasing tenfold, pitting back-room business dealings against human and environmental costs.

      Zenovich returns to the Sundance Film Festival with this cleverly orchestrated exposé. She takes us into the stark realities of small California towns, where paying for showers is the norm—bringing light to the growing divide between water haves and have nots.

      This natural resource is only growing more valuable as the new war for water is already upon us. This daring and extremely timely documentary asks us to question who has control of our access to our water.
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