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If you think water issues are something only Third World countries worry about, think again. According to the alarming documentary "Last Call at the Oasis," the U.S. has reason to worry.
Directed by Jessica Yu, "Last Call at the Oasis" calls to mind "An Inconvenient Truth," "Food Inc." and "Waiting for Superman," accessible documentaries made with a sense of urgency about matters that concern us all, whether we like it or not.
"An Inconvenient Truth" exposed the world to the dangers of global warming, "Food Inc." alerted Americans to what's in their food, and "Waiting for Superman" delved into the problems with our education system. The mission of "Last Call at the Oasis" is to wake our nation up to the fact that we're facing an impending global water crisis. Yeah, you heard that right.
To hit that alarming point home, Yu calls upon a varied group of subjects who provide information on the scarcity, pollution and commercialization of water in our nation.
The most entertaining talking head (big surprise here) is Erin Brockovich, whom you no doubt remember as the subject of Steven Soderbergh's acclaimed film that won Julia Roberts the Academy Award for Best Actress. Over the course of the film, Brockovich revisits the water-poisoned town of Hinkley, California, documented in Soderbergh's film, and opens up about her ongoing battle with the Environmental Protection Agency. Jack Black also pops up to add some levity in a fake commercial for renewable bottled water.
In the end, the film isn't about the personalities Yu lined up to alert us to a worldwide crisis. It's about our need to make a change for the better. Our resources are drying up, and "Last Call at the Oasis" stresses that it's high time we wake up to a potentially terrifying reality, one we can alter if we band together with the same end goal in mind. Because let's face it, water matters.