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Tapped: Earth Week Water Documentary/Give Away/Town Hall at Teacher’s College

264_4b9ea1851The documentary film Tapped will be screened on Wednesday, April 21, sponsored by the Program in Social Studies and the Teacher’s College Go Green Committee.  But it won’t just be a film showing – it’s a whole event designed to entertain, inspire and mobilize students and the public around drinking water. Look at your hand.  Is it holding a plastic water bottle?  After next Wednesday, it doesn’t need to be.

The event begins with the arrival of the Tapped truck, a mobile, translucent recycling container.  The filmmakers will be collecting pledges from people to reduce their bottled water use and trading empty plastic water bottles for reusable stainless steel Klean Kanteens.  The first 100 people who trade in plastic bottles get a free Klean Kanteen, everyone else will receive a coupon for 40% off a Klean Kanteen.

After the movie, there will be a Town Hall Q&A with Producer Sarah Olson, and Director Stephanie Soechtig.

Plan to be at Cowin Auditorium, 525 W. 120th St, Teacher’s College, on Wednesday, April 21st, 4pm to 7pm.

About the movie:

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.

From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public’s right to water.

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