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Batavia's Green Night at the Movies to feature 'Tapped'

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  • Bottled water is the focus of "Tapped," which will be shown Saturday, Feb. 23, as part of Batavia Environmental Commission's fifth annual Green Night Out at the Movies.

      Bottled water is the focus of "Tapped," which will be shown Saturday, Feb. 23, as part of Batavia Environmental Commission's fifth annual Green Night Out at the Movies.
    Courtesy of Dianne Peterson

  • Bottled water is the focus of "Tapped," which will be shown Saturday, Feb. 23, as part of Batavia Environmental Commission's fifth annual Green Night Out at the Movies.

      Bottled water is the focus of "Tapped," which will be shown Saturday, Feb. 23, as part of Batavia Environmental Commission's fifth annual Green Night Out at the Movies.
    Courtesy of Dianne Peterson

  • Which is safer to drink -- water from a tap or drinking fountain, or bottled water? The award-winning documentary "Tapped," to be shown Saturday in Batavia, examines this issue.

      Which is safer to drink -- water from a tap or drinking fountain, or bottled water? The award-winning documentary "Tapped," to be shown Saturday in Batavia, examines this issue.
    Associated Press

  • Video: "Tapped" trailer

 
By Dianne Peterson
Batavia Environmental Commission

After seeing this movie, you may rethink future purchases of bottled water.

Batavia Environmental Commission's fifth annual Green Night Out at the Movies, set for Saturday, Feb. 23, will feature "Tapped," an award-winning documentary on the bottled water industry's social, economic and environmental impact.

It will be shown at the Batavia city hall council chambers, 100 N. Island Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the film starts at 7 p.m.

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? According to the film's website, 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 documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water.

Attendees are invited to bring their own reusable containers for free, organic, locally grown popcorn and a "refreshing drink of Batavia's own water."

Donations of used gym shoes are being collected for Rotolo Middle School's "Eco-maniacs" club's recycle project.

Before the film, check out water bottle projects and exhibits by green groups and local businesses.

At 8:15 p.m., learn about water issues in Batavia and Illinois. Speakers include John Dillon, water superintendent for the city of Batavia, and Emily Carroll, Midwest region director of Food and Water Watch.

For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/BataviaEnvironmentalCommission.

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