Directed by Liz Miller

The story of Highland Park, Michigan, and the larger issues of water privatization and human rights.

What if you lived by the largest body of fresh water in the world but could no longer afford to use it?

With a shrinking population, the post-industrial city of Highland Park, Michigan is on the verge of financial collapse. The state of Michigan has appointed an Emergency Financial Manager who sees the water plant as key to economic recovery. She has raised water rates and has implemented severe measures to collect on bills. As a result, Highland Park residents have received water bills as high as $10,000, they have had their water turned off, their homes foreclosed, and are struggling to keep water, a basic human right, from becoming privatized.

The Water Front is the story of an American city in crisis but it is not just about water. The story touches on the very essence of our democratic system and is an unnerving indication of what is in store for residents around the world facing their own water struggles. The film raises questions such as: Who determines the future of shared public resources? What are alternatives to water privatization? How will we maintain our public water systems and who can we hold accountable?

~ Best of the Festival, Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
~ Community Empowerment Award, National Council for Community Reinvestment
~ Katherine Knight Award, EarthVision Environmental Film Festival
~ Best Water & Wetlands Film (Ramsar/Medwet Award), Ecofilms Rodos International Film and Visual Arts Festival
~ Silver Drop Award, International Water and Film Events, World Water Forum, Istanbul
DVD (Color, Closed Captioned)
Grades 9-12, College, Adult
53 minutes
USD 250.00
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