The Council of Canadians Montreal chapter screened Water On The Table yesterday evening at Concordia University.
Chapter activist Abdul Pirani tells us, “Despite the bomb threat targeting Muslim students that morning at three of the four buildings of the downtown campus, the film screening that night went very well. The speaker Kristy Franks, who is doing her PhD on Water and Indigenous People, was unequivocal in her praise of Maude and did not disappoint the audience with her talk. Kristy was happy to be presented with a Council of Canadians t-shirt that has Maude’s quote on the back of it, ‘If you want to know who is going to change this country, go home and look in the mirror.'”
As noted on director Liz Marshall’s website, “Featuring best-selling author, activist and public figure Maude Barlow and her crusade to have water declared a human right, protected from privatization, Water On The Table explores Canada’s relationship to its freshwater, arguably its most precious natural resource. The film shadows Barlow over the course of a year as she leads an unrelenting schedule as the United Nations Senior Advisor on Water to Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, President of the 63rd Session of the United Nations.”
That website adds, “The film intimately captures the public face of Maude Barlow as well as the unscripted woman behind the scenes. The camera shadows her life on the road in Canada and the United States over the course of a year as she leads an unrelenting schedule.”
On October 21, 2008, CBC reported, “Canadian activist Maude Barlow has been appointed as the United Nation’s first senior adviser on water issues, a role she hopes to use to establish water as a human right.”
On July 28, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly recognized the human right to water and sanitation.
Water On The Table was released on March 24, 2010.
The Council of Canadians South Shore and Mid-Island chapters will also be screening the film for World Water.
To watch the trailer for the film, please click here.