USF Highlights Global Water Shortage at Film Events

The films showcase the importance of water and the growing crisis around the globe.


By Brittney Elliott News Writer

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2010) – With access to clean drinking water becoming a growing global problem, three films being shown as part of USF’s ResearchOne celebration will highlight the issue of water depletion and privatization to the forefront.

The films are sponsored by USF’s School of Global Sustainability, which admitted its first class of graduate students this fall in a program focused on creating healthy and sustainable water systems around the world. Population growth, climate change and policy decisions are increasingly straining the world’s water supply, but a new generation of water managers is researching how to create systems to meet demand while protecting the environment.


The first of the films, Flow  will be shown from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at the USF Tampa Library. A winner of the Best Documentary Award by the United Nations Association Film Festival, Flow has been described by the New York Times as “an informed and heartfelt examination of the tug of war between public health and private interests."


Blue Gold: World Water Wars will be shown from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the USF Tampa Library. “Wars of the future will be fought over water, as they are over oil today, as our Blue Gold, the source of human survival, enters the global marketplace and political arena as a commodity to be sought out, fought over, and conquered,”  said Blue Gold writer and director Sam Bozzo of his project.


Running Dry will play on at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, also in the USF Tampa Library. Narrated by actress Jane Seymour, the documentary features a global look at the water crisis in an effort to educate the public on the need for clean water and adequate sanitation.


Writing in an essay on the group’s website, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said: “Water is the most important single element needed in order for people to achieve the universal human right to "a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and his family.  … Without access to clean water, health and well-being are not only severely jeopardized, they are impossible”