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Green group to show three films about water at end of month

GREENFIELD — If you’ve ever been concerned about water — pollution, political issues, bottling issues or local infrastructure issues — Greening Greenfield has planned a weekend of films about that clear, odorless liquid we all drink each day.

On March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in St. James Episcopal Church’s parish hall, Glen Ayers, a local soil scientist and holder of nine public health licenses and certificates, will lead a conversation following the film “Flow,” an award-winning documentary that investigates what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century, by Irena Salina.

In the documentary, Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel, said Louise Amyot, a local dietician, member of the green group, and one of the organizers of the film festival.

On March 29, two films will be shown with a pizza and salad supper in between.

Jill Appel, one of the people who successfully approached the Concord Town Council with a bylaw to outlaw single-use water bottles in that community, will lead a discussion after the film “Tapped” by Stephanie Soechtig and Jason Lindsey is shown at 3 p.m.

The 54-minute film, which won awards at more than 30 film festivals around the world, looks at how water bottling affects people everywhere, from unnecessary expenses to exposure to toxic plastics to roadside and landfill pollution.

After that discussion, the film “Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure” will be shown. That film will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The 90-minute documentary from Pennsylvania State Public Broadcasting tells the story of essential infrastructure systems, including water, wastewater and storm.

Greenfield Engineering Superintendent Sara Campbell and Water Facilities Superintendent Mark Holley will lead the discussion after the film.

Amyot and Becca King, another green group member, said even though western Massachusetts may not be at obvious risk, it will eventually suffer from the same fate as others.

Greening Greenfield, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice and St. James Church are all sponsors of the “Water Weekend” event. The parish is off of Church Street at the corner of Church and Federal streets.

The event, including the supper, is free and open to the public. The group will accept donations.

Greening Greenfield, with help from other sponsors, offers insightful films about the environment and more from November through March each year. The group has also shown films about bees and nuclear power.

For more information, call 413-773-5165.

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