Lords of Water

They call it ’blue gold.’ Around the world, demand for water is exploding. By 2050, at least one in four will live in a country suffering from water shortages – creating ideal conditions for a new market…

Goldman Sachs, HSBC, UBS, Allianz, Deutsche Bank, BNP. Banks, investment funds and hedge funds are all rushing to invest billions of euros in anything related to water. A real monopoly of water has begun.

From California to Australia, from New York to London via Marseille, we investigate the financialization of water. New power relations are being established and access to water is being threatened.

It’s a battle taking place on many fronts: ideological, political, environmental, and of course, economic. The fate of nearly 10 billion inhabitants around the world depends on its outcome.


  • Year: 2019
  • Duration: 90 & 52 mins
  • Production: Magneto Presse
  • Director: Jerome Fritel
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France



  • Audience Award at Another Way Film Festival 2021 (Spain), Special Jury Award (Water, Sea, Oceans International Film Festival 2020, Czech Republic); Coup de cœur du jury du Prix Tournesol au Festival du Film Vert 2020 (Switzerland); FIPADOC 2020 (France); Millenium International Festival 2020 (Belgium); Ecofalante International Environmental Film Festival 2020 (Sao Paulo, Brazil); Seoul Eco Film Festival 2020 (South Korea); NaturVision Film Festival 2020 (Germany); BZN International Film Festival 2020 (USA); Life After Oil International Film Festival 2020 (Italy); ČZU Film Fest 2020 (Czech Republic); International Sustainable Living Film Festival 2020 (Turkey); Copenhagen Architecture Film Festival 2020 (Denmark), BeHolders: Dialogues & Documentary FILM Festival 2021 (Netherlands), Ekotopfilm Envirofilm Festival 2021 (Slovakia), Globale Mittelhessen Documentary Film Festival 2021 (Germany), Festival International du Film Eau et Climat FIFEC 2021 (Belgium), FIFDH Geneva - Educational programme 2021 (Switzerland), Tokyo International Film Festival on Organic Farming 2021 (Japan), Ecocup Film Festival 2021 (Russia), International Water Association's Digital World Water Congress 2021 (Worldwide), Krakow International Green Film Festival 2021 (Poland), Pelicam Festival 2021 (Romania), Festival Ecran Vert La Rochelle 2021 (France), Festival Les Possibles à Venir 2021 (France), Festival International du Film sur l'Agriculture Biologique de Tokyo (exclusive educational/non-commercial rights for physical and online screenings until 4th June 2024 for Japanese version), Sustainable Food Week Barcelona 2021 (Spain), Festisol 2021 (France) , International Documentary Film Festival of the United Nations Association Monterey Bay 2022 (USA), Festival du Film d'Histoire de Pessac 2023 (France).

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