The Struggle ‘With’ Water and ‘For’ Water Is The Next Big Global Crisis

Available on DVD August 31, 2010


LOS ANGELES (July 2010) – On July 28th, the United Nations General Assembly declared for the first time that access to clean water and sanitation is a fundamental human right. This was a historic vote meant to improve quality of life for the nearly one billion people who lack clean drinking water, and the over two-and-a-half billion people who do not have basic sanitation. A recent World Bank study says that the demand for water is going to exceed supply by 40 percent within twenty years.  Water Wars: When Droughts, Flood and Greed Collide, forecasts the future by sharing the story of the nation of Bangladesh, whose water supply is under threat from every disaster known to man, available August 31st on DVD in North America with an SRP of $ 19.95.

Today the struggle ‘with’ water and ‘for’ water has become a global crisis. As stated in the film, an estimated 35,000 people are dying every day from water related causes. In the last century much of the horn of Africa dried up before our eyes. In 1953, the sea broke through the dykes in Holland to kill 1800 people. In 1971, flooding rivers and a tidal wave killed a half million in Bangladesh. In 2004, a Tsunami claimed over 200,000 lives in Southeast Asia. In 2005, a massive hurricane destroyed the city of New Orleans.  And in 2006, the Government of India planned a massive River-Interlinking Project to siphon off up to 70% of the Brahmaputra River which provides Bangladesh with 65% of its fresh water.

Jim Burroughs, an Academy-Award ® nominated filmmaker, and his crew spent two years on this film in Bangladesh where they witnessed flood, drought and near-violent protests; in India documenting the struggle of Indian activists against the prevailing dam mentality of the Indian Government; in New Orleans after Katrina where the Dutch Crisis Team and its hi-tech pumping systems made a difference; and in Holland where they examined its state-of-the-art canal and levee system.  The filmmakers have interviewed water management experts Taiudal Khan, Hafiz Uddin and Bilqis Hoque in Bangladesh; in India, activists Medha Patkar, Arundhati Roy and Water Management expert Vijay Paranjipe; in Holland, Crisis Manager Jaap Van Wissen and Professor of Crisis Management Eelko Dykstra; in the US, Congressman Earl Blumenhauer, responsible for the recent passage of a bill to provide fresh water for the world’s poor.

Narrated by Martin Sheen, Water Wars is a necessary call to action; many experts predict that water will be the cause for the next world war.  The film’s global view poses the necessary question; can the global community work together to deal with the impending calamity and perhaps avert it?


The nation of Bangladesh is prey to every threat from water known to man.  WATER WARS: When Drought, Flood and Greed Collide tells the story of this land at war with not only rising seas, but devastating floods and droughts — from India’s dams dumping their excess in the wet season and siphoning off river water in the dry season. And as Bangladesh sees less and less river water during the dry season, it is forced to dig deeper for more wells, encountering arsenic poisoning that is filling hospitals and graveyards.

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Price: $19.95 | Street Date: 8/31/10

Languages: English | TRT: 55 minutes | Rating: Not Rated

DVD cat # CLS 1097 | UPC # 881394109728

Bonus Features: Trailer, Earth Song Video, The “Making Of Water Wars”, Video Bio of Kazi Nazrul Islam, the national poet of Bangladesh and author of the poem “Oh My River Deep”

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(Distributed in the U.S. by Cinema Libre Studio and in Canada by VSC )

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