Last Call at the Oasis

Official film description

Water. It's the earth's most valuable resource. Our cities are powered by it, countless industries depend on it, and all living things need it to survive. But it's very possible that in the near future, there won't be enough to sustain life on our planet.

From Academy Award®-winning director Jessica Yu ("Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien") and Academy Award®-nominated producer Elise Pearlstein ("Food, Inc.") "Last Call at the Oasis" sheds light on the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in the current system, shows communities already struggling with its ill effects and introduces us to individuals who are championing revolutionary solutions, such as activist Erin Brockovich and distinguished experts Peter Gleick, Alex Prud'homme, Jay Famiglietti and Robert Glennon.

Notes on the film

The global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. We can manage this problem, but only if we are willing to act now. "Last Call at the Oasis" is a powerful new documentary that shatters myths behind our most precious resource. This film exposes defects in the current system, shows communities already struggling with its ill-effects and highlights individuals championing revolutionary solutions during the global water crisis. Firmly establishing the global water crisis as the central issue facing our world this century, the film posits that we can manage this problem if we act now.

Further reviews

There is nothing dry about "Last Call at the Oasis", Jessica Yu's engaging, informative and fast-flowing documentary exploring the global water crisis. – Jennie Punter, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

As a lucid, emotionally involving portrait of the looming crisis surrounding water - supplies of which are dwindling as contamination rises - Jessica Yu's smartly constructed argument works less as a tutorial than as an infectiously impassioned call to arms. – Ann HornadayMay, Washington Post

Technical information and screening rights...

Director(s): Jessica Yu
Script: Jessica Yu, Alex Prud'homme
Production: Participant Media
Music: Jeff Beal
Actors: Erin Brokovich-Ellis, Jay Famiglietti, Peter H. Gleick, Tim Barnett
Year: 2012
Duration: 105 min
Language (audio): English
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: Australia, United States
Our age recommendation: 14

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Main topic(s): Climate
Secondary topics: climate
Mentions: water earth energy industry agriculture pollution chemical
Topic Page(s): Climate



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