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HYDROPOLITICS

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We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.

Jacques Yves Cousteau

 

What is water for the European Union? A vital public good and a human right or another product on the market?

Southern countries, mostly Greece and Portugal, are forced to privatize their public water companies. It is a stipulation provided in the memoranda signed between the countries and the Troika of lenders, whose members are, together with the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank.
Despite this contradiction, the Commission insists on saying that it maintains a neutral position between the public and private sector as far as water is concerned, respecting the Community Treaties.

The EU has still to recognize water as a human right (as the UN did in 2010), while the cacophony among European Commissioners, their letters and propositions, as well as who their advisers are, seem to indicate that the full liberalization of the water market, a billion dollar industry, is a priority and not the right of all to have access to the vital water.

The model that has already begun being applied in the south, is taking place at a time when the developed European countries, which for years tested the private model of water management, return to public management, because of allegations of corruption and dramatic tariff increases.

Hundreds of thousands of people across Europe demand that the European Commission guarantees the right to water for all European citizens and for its management to be excluded from the market liberalization.

The documentary is filmed in Greece, France and Belgium and attempts to shed light on a case that is of such importance to the human existence.

 

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THE TOWER OF DAVID

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At the center of Caracas of Venezuela an unfinished 45-storey building easily attracts attention. One of the highest skyscrapers in Latin America, known as the "Tower of David" aspired to become a symbol of wealth and development. But it became the symbol of the banking crisis that hit Venezuela in the 90s and led President Hugo Chavez to power.

The skyscraper, which took its name from its constructor, David Brillembourg, was abandoned in 1994 a year after his death from cancer.

For 13 years the building stood unoccupied and unfinished. Until the moment, when over 800 homeless families decided to take it over and become part of the first vertical slum and the highest occupancy in the world.

Today, instead of wealthy businessmen, 4,000 poor residents of Caracas find accommodation at the Tower of David. Every man and a great personal story.

 
 
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WHY DO BEES DIE? (Working Title)

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In the last decades in various regions of the world bees are disappearing en masse. Beekeepers in Scotland open their hives and find them empty.

1/3 of human food production depends on bees. Many fruits, vegetables and other crops would not exist if not pollinated by bees, making it clear that the species acts as a catalyst on the whole cycle of life.

Scientists insist that the disappearance of bees is caused by the widespread use of neonicotinoid insecticides in the fields. At the same time, multinational corporations like Bayer and Syngenta, which produce these neonicotinoids, stubbornly deny this fact. The conflict has reached the European Commission. The United Kingdom refuses to vote for a proposal to ban the use of neonicotinoids.

Albert Einstein had once warned: "If ever the bees disappeared from the face of earth, man will have no more than four years to live."

 

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