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Full Frame: Meet Mr. Toilet / Last Call at the Oasis

1:30pm - 3:45pm Cinema 1
Forty percent of the world population does not have access to a toilet. Enter businessman Jack Sim, who aims to break the taboos around talking about basic sanitation. His argument is simple: 1.5 million children die unnecessarily each year due to water contamination. If toilets can become a desirable status symbol, worldwide sanitation will improve, and one of human beings’ most basic functions will no longer have drastic health effects on those downstream. In its brief three minutes, this film reminds us that “what you don’t talk about, you cannot improve.” ST

Filmmaker Q&A following screening

Every four days a farmer in Australia commits suicide. Las Vegas is fifty feet of water away from ceasing to function. Fetuses are being exposed to birth control pills. All of this is happening due to the scarcity and contamination of the world’s water supply. Jessica Yu’s arresting documentary highlights the fact that even though water is a renewable source, humans are quickly emptying aquifers that took thousands of years to fill. What water we do have is being polluted. We experience déjà vu with Erin Brockovich, who visits Hinkley, California, and discovers that its inhabitants are being exposed to the same chemical from the same company as featured in the Oscar®-nominated film that bears her name. Yu presents the information as beautiful aerial shots remind us of the majesty of our environment. Through interviews with scientists, farmers, water authority officials, and everyday citizens turned activists, Last Call at the Oasis alerts viewers to the possibility of change: The global water crisis is no longer solvable but it is manageable. JM

Filmmaker Q&A following screening

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  • Gregory M. B.

    You'll recognize me in line by my Meet up sign

    April 6, 2013

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