"Water & Power: A California Heist"
Premieres Tuesday, March 14 at 9 PM ET/PT
on National Geographic Channel
Today, more than 500 million people around the world lack access to clean drinking water. Global warming, drought, overconsumption, corporate greed, terrorism and political corruption have all contributed to a stark reality where fresh water is scarce, expensive and not a guaranteed human right. Coinciding with World Water Day later this month, National Geographic will air “Water & Power: A California Heist.”
Following a successful debut at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival this documentary unfolds like a real-life version of the 1974 film noir “Chinatown,” as it peels back the layers of California’s history of water manipulations. After its limited theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles March 3, “Water & Power: A California Heist” will air globally on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages starting March 14 at 9/8c.
Through candid interviews with award-winning journalists, local citizens, activists, state officials, environmental attorneys, farmers, investors, scientists and developers, the documentary examines pivotal events that now jeopardize the state’s groundwater reserves and explores one of the most urgent crises of our time: the privatization of a natural resource that is essential to our survival as a species. While recent rains have eased the drought across California, the ongoing drama of the groundwater story — impacted by decades of pumping — is only now coming to light.