UP TO THE LAST DROP – The Secret Water War in Europe

by Yorgos Avgeropoulos

As Europe is going through a crisis that is not solely economical but also a crisis of moral values, millions of European citizens demand a response to a crucial question: is water for the European Union a commercial product or a human right? Until today, the European Institutions have not given a clear answer. The EU has still to recognize water as a human right, as the UN did in 2010.

At the same time, cities, regions and countries all around the world are increasingly rejecting the water privatization model they had adopted for years and are remunicipalizing services in order to take back public control over water and sanitation management. In Europe, the majority of the cases have been recorded in France, home of the most powerful and influential private water multinational companies of the planet. Nine cases have been recorded in  Germany.

Although Berlin and Paris have recently taken back public control over their water services, the financial and political European elites are demanding from Greece, Portugal and Ireland to privatize their public water systems. Provisions about water can be found in every M.o.U, Greece, Ireland and Portugal have signed with the Troika and it’s a common stipulation provided in every bailout agreement signed between the debt-ridden countries and their lenders.

Up To The Last Drop follows the money and the corporate interests during a period of four years in thirteen cities of six EU countries. It’s a documentary film about water that reflects contemporary European values and the quality of the current European democracy.

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About This Film
  • Original Title: UP TO THE LAST DROP – The Secret Water War in Europe
  • Greek Version Title: ΜΕΧΡΙ ΤΗΝ ΤΕΛΕΥΤΑΙΑ ΣΤΑΓΟΝΑ - Ο Μυστικός Πόλεμος του Νερού στην Ευρώπη
  • French Version Title: JUSQU’À LA DERNIÈRE GOUTTE - La Guerre Secrète de l’Eau en Europe
  • German Version Title: BIS ZUM LETZTEN TROPFEN – Europas Geheimer Wasserkrieg
  • Duration: ~60 minutes
  • Written & Directed by: Yorgos Avgeropoulos
  • Produced by: Small Planet Productions (Greece)
  • Co-produced by: ARTE GEIE (France), ERT (Greece), KG Productions (France)
  • Available Versions: English (Subtitled), French (Dubbed) Greek (Subtitled), German (Dubbed)
  • Website: http://www.uptothelastdrop.com
About the Director
Yorgos Avgeropoulos

Yorgos Avgeropoulos is a Greek documentary filmmaker and journalist known for the numerous social and political documentaries he has directed in more than 50 countries and which have won 40 awards in international film festivals as well as other distinctions all over the world.
He was born in Athens, Greece in 1971. He studied journalism and worked as a war correspondent in Sarajevo, Croatia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan whereas he also covered major events such as the Albanian Rebellion, the earthquakes in Turkey and the sinking of MS Estonia.
In 2000, he created the Exandas Documentary Series. Exandas documentaries are awarded in several international film festivals and broadcasted by dozens of networks worldwide. In Greece they were broadcasted by ALPHA TV until 2003 and then by Public Greek Television ERT until 2013, when the network was violently shut down by the Greek government.
Today Yorgos Avgeropoulos collaborates with international networks. His latest films, The Lost Signal of Democracy (2014) and AGORA – From Democracy to the Market (2015) were broadcasted by TV networks in Europe, the US, the Middle East, Asia and Australia and awarded in documentary film festivals in France, Germany and the USA.

Films of Yorgos Avgeropoulos