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Fitchburg State observes Earth Day with “Tapped” screening on April 23

Posted 04/17/14

Fitchburg State University will observe Earth Day 2014 with a screening of the award-winning film “Tapped,” about the bottled water industry. The screening will be held at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 at Percival Auditorium in Percival Hall, 254 Highland Ave. Admission is free.

The event is sponsored by the university’s Sustainability Committee and the campus MASSPIRG chapter with support from the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library.

“Tapped” asks whether access to clean drinking water is 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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