Water is a human right and a common good. But it is also one of the main focuses of transnational corporations that want to profit from this scarce resource. The struggle to defend public water is now exposed in the new documentary Up to the Last Drop: The Secret Water War in Europe.
For decades, corporations have pushed for the privatization of public services – including water. In Europe, several attempts supported by the European Commission have been launched since the neoliberal wave of the 90s. Still, today some of the countries affected by the austerity crisis – Ireland, Greece, Portugal – are resisting water privatization imposed by the Troika. Water has been on the negotiation table of the new wave of free trade agreements like TTIP and TISA, and is included in CETA, which contains several provisions that put public water management and water resources under international trade and investment mechanisms.
The struggle against these privatization attempts are exposed by Yiorgos Avgeropoulos in this new film that follows the money and the corporate interests during a period of four years in thirteen cities of six EU countries. According to the authors, “it’s a documentary film about water that reflects contemporary European values and the quality of the current European democracy”.
Up to the Last Drop: The Secret Water War in Europe is a must-see movie to understand the current European Union and the struggles and solidarity movements around water.
The teaser and more information about the movie can be found here.