Wednesday, March 16, 2011
What if you lived by the largest body of fresh water in the world but could no longer afford to use it?”
So begins Liz Miller‚ captivating documentary, The Water Front,which follows one community‚ fight to retain public control of itswater and keep this basic resource affordable for everyone.
Set in Highland Park, Michigan, The Water Front begins with the community‚ descent into a fiscal crisis after the once prevalent auto industry leaves town. Facing economic collapse, a financial consultant team is hired to pull the town out of crisis. The team turns to the town‚ water system as a source of economic recuperation. The result is exorbitant water bills in a community with few resources to meet the astonishing charges. The community goes from disbelief to activism and a small group of determined community leaders emerge –with help from Food & Water Watch — to defend their basic human right for affordable and accessible water.
See The Water Front and witness the birth of a local water justice movement.