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Water Supply & Management

A Narmada Diary.

Documents five years of activities by the Narmada Bachao Andolan (the Save Narmada Movement) which has spearheaded the agitation against the construction of the Sardar Sarover Dam in India. The people of the Narmada Valley, with their insistence on non-violence and their determination to drown rather than be shifted off their land, have become a symbol of global struggle against unjust and unsustainable development. Directed by Anand Patwardhan and Simantini Dhuru.1995. 60 min. ;

A Silent Disaster.

A documentary on the impact of riverline and oceanic erosion in the delta lands of Bangladesh. PAL format. In Bengali and English. 1997. 20 min.

After the Storm

All across America people live, work, and play in watersheds, without knowing it. As this video shows, protecting the nation's water resources will take the awareness and effort of individual citizens. Case studies (New York City, the Santa Monica Bay in California, and the Louisiana Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico) focus on the interconnections between water supply, water quality and the economic vitality and quality of life in our communities. A co-production of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Weather Channel. c2003. 22 min.

Are You Swimming in a Sewer? (Nova series).

Concerns about public health and ecological damage are leading scientists to take a second look at age-old assumptions about the ocean's ability to dilute waste. Americans must decide whether the cost of switching to nonpolluting methods of waste disposal is a worthy investment in the future of their coastal waters. c1986. 58 min.

Asia's Water Crisis

Explores the conflict of burgeoning populations and economies in three Asian countries -- Sri Lanka, the Philippines and the People's Republic of China -- and looks toward solutions to Asia's growing water crisis and the diminishing supply of safe, potable water. 1997. 19 min.

Baikal, Blue Eye of Siberia (Fragile Earth series).

A comprehensive look at the Baikal Lake Region in Siberia. Description of Lake Baikal and the pollution of some of its tributary rivers and of the lake itself. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1991. 105 min. -2

Blue Danube? (Life; 4)

The Danube, the world's most international river connecting 18 countries, is at the heart of a very modern dilemma -- how to create prosperity through trade and development without destroying the environment? This program examines the consequences when more than one country shares what a river has to offer, investigating how the Danube has become a new battleground in the conflict between the European Union's transport and agriculture lobbies, and environmentalists fighting to preserve the river's unique ecology. Directed by Ron Orders. 2005. 27 min.

Blue Gold

Wars of the future will be fought over water, as they are today over oil, as the source of all life enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments vie for control of our dwindling fresh water supply, prompting protests, lawsuits, and revolutions from citizens fighting for the right to survive. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Will ours too?

Boiling Point

This program spotlights three troubled areas that epitomize the intensifying competition for freshwater and efforts being made to manage it: the Okavango River which flows through Angola, Namibia and Botswana, the Rio Grande, a source of agricultural irrigation for both the U.S. and Mexico and rainwater reservoirs in the West Bank. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2004. 27 min.

Brazilian Dreams: Visiting Points of Resistance

Explores cultures of opposition in Brazil as documented by two US travelers in 1988-1989.