By MAYA DAVIS

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The documentary Flow, directed by Irena Salina, is about the lack of drinking water on planet Earth. The film demonstrates ways countries have solved their water problems.

For example, when a village in India ran out of water, the townspeople dug a huge trench to collect rainwater, and now they have enough to grow abundant crops. Others use UV light to clean the water, so the residents don’t have to drink dirty river water. The cost of the clean water is only two dollars per year per person.

The documentary also shows that the United States uses the most water. The average resident of the United States uses 150 gallons per day, but people in non-industrialized countries rarely use five.

Flow is also useful as a way to teach viewers how to resist corporate privatization of water through protesting and other forms of direct action.

Maya Davis, 12, lives in Queens, New York

150 gallons: That’s how much water the average U.S. resident uses per day.