Synopsis

This investigation uncovers the high-level corruption behind California's long-standing water crisis. Filmmaker Marina Zenovich peels back the layers of California's convoluted water structure-wealthy water barons show their guilty hand in exploiting the state's resource, while small farmers and neighboring towns endure debilitating drought. Luxury crops like almonds on the rise, groundwater contamination is increasing tenfold and backroom business dealings are pitted against human and environmental costs. The stark realities of small California towns, where paying for showers is the norm, illuminated the growing divide between water haves and have nots. As the new war for water begins, this timely documentary addresses the question of who has control of our access to our water.