Advocacy Groups Endorse Crisis Film "Flow"

Several leading U.S. and Canada-based advocacy groups have joined forces to support the highly anticipated U.S. theatrical release of "FLOW : For Love of Water" ( by Oscilloscope Pictures, a distribution company founded by Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys.

FLOW investigates the bottled water business -- along with pollution, privatization, scarcity and other issues -- as facets of a global water crisis.

"It's wonderful that city governments and universities are starting to reject bottled water," said Irena Salina, the director of FLOW. "We hope and trust that Obama and McCain will begin to address this crisis in the political debate. We also applaud the recent actions taken by Attorney General Jerry Brown, McCloud residents and conservationists in the state of California to protect their communities."

Given the fact that Nestlé controls 32 percent of the U.S. bottled water market, mostly through subsidiaries such as Poland Springs and Arrowhead, the film illuminates why many people have spent billions unnecessarily purchasing water. Additionally, the film sheds light on the magnitude of corporate interest in community water resources across the country as similar Nestlé bottled water plant proposals in Kennebec, Maine and Enumclaw, Washington have failed.

The advocacy groups include Food & Water Watch, Corporate Accountability International, and the Council of Canadians.

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