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Title Water and the dream of the engineers / directed by Richard Broadman ; produced by CINE Research
Published Watertown, MA : Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1983
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (80 min.)
Series Ethnographic video online, volume 2
Summary From the cholera epidemics of the nineteenth century to the climbing cancer rate of our time; from the colossal scale of New York City's aqueduct and water tunnels to the water wars of the West; from the dangers of chemical contamination to the water politics of Polanski's film Chinatown, Water and the Dream of the Engineers explores both the engineers' dreams for, and public fears about, the world we have inherited. This is a fascinating documentary where rich social history frames a spirited debate between David Brower (former Sierra Club President), biologist Barry Commoner, and Able Wolman (dean of American Sanitary Engineering). The film's wider context is provided by the frustrations and concerns of those who maintain and use our water systems in the present day. The film is an educational odyssey about engineering, environmentalism, and the troubled relations between these two traditions. Most importantly, Water and the Dream of the Engineers reveals that conflicts over technology and the environment are, at root, debates about power and the promise of democracy
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed Feb. 6, 2014)
Event Recorded in 1983 in New York City, New Orleans and California
Notes Previously released as DVD
This edition in English
Subject Ecology.
Water -- Pollution.
Water -- Pollution -- United States.
Water-supply engineering -- Environmental aspects.
Water-supply -- United States.
United States.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Brower, David, 1912-2000, interviewee
Commoner, Barry, 1917-2012, interviewee
Wolman, Abel, 1892-1989, interviewee
Milford, Edgar, narrator
Broadman, Richard, director
Cine Research Associates, producer