BOTTLED LIFENestlé's Business With Bottled Water
CategoryEnvironment, Geopolitics, Human Rights, Society
Documentary, Switzerland 2012
Runtime: 90 min. / 52 min.
Director: Urs Schnell
Production: DOK LAB / EIKON SÜDWEST
While the world’s population continues to grow at an alarming rate, water is becoming an increasingly scarce commodity. The Swiss film “Bottled Life” documents the booming business with bottled water, by focusing on the global leader in this lucrative multi-billion dollar market – namely, the Nestlé corporation in Switzerland. Nestlé currently controls more than 70 of the world’s bottled water brands, among them Perrier, San Pellegrino and Vittel. Nestlé’s annual sales of bottled water alone total some CHF 10 billion. And yet the company prefers not to discuss its water business – as Swiss journalist Res Gehriger discovered when researching this documentary film. The Nestlé management refused to give any interviews or assistance or to provide information. But Gehriger persisted, and discovered just how controversial and conflict-laden the company’s international operations are.
Solothurner Filmtage 2012/CH, Docville 2012/Belgium, ReFrame, Spokane IFF, Salt Spring Festival, DC Environment Film Fest, Food Film Fest, GIFFS Korea, CRAFF, Filmambiente, Festival Int. Du Film Ecologuique, Chicago IFF, Vermont TIFF, FICMA, Cape Town Winelands Film Festival, Bled Film Festival, Plett Food Film Festival.