Free cinema: documentary FLOW | Transatlantic Cine-Café

For all citizens | Free entrance
17th November, at 21h30
Lisboa Vadia (Rua de S. Mamede 33A, Lisbon)

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The goal of this Cine Café is to activate discussion, consciousness, knowledge and spread information about the topic of this month’s water privatisation that comes with TTIP.

TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), like other trade agreements, is being negotiated largely in secret. It aims to “harmonise” EU and U.S. standards across an array of industries. It challenges laws that protect the environment, rein in corporate interests, protect food safety, promote renewable energy and curb risky practices like fracking.

TTIP can limit the capacity of public authorities to decide on how to provide public services like water. What’s worse, TTIP will lock in changes by granting rights to companies that undermine local laws, and will force us to either spend precious public money fighting big business or change our laws to comply with its desires — maybe both. A special Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) panel will have the power to tell a country that a company’s profits trump public health or environmental protection.


The documentary of this week: ‘Flow for the love of water’ (2008)

The documentary builds a case against the growing privatisation of the world’s dwindling freshwater supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale. The film also introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question “CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?”


What to keep in mind during the film?

  1. What is water privatisation?
  2. What is our current water situation?
  3. What are the consequences of water privatisation?
  4. How will those consequences reflect on our daily lives?
  5. How can we take action?  




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