Bottled Life - Nestlés Geschäfte mit dem Wasser Ethiopia, Germany, Nigeria, Pakistan, Switzerland, USA 2011 – 90min.
Bottled Life - Nestlés Geschäfte mit dem Wasser
Documentary about Nestlé's strategy towards making water into a business.
The makers of this documentary look at the water business of the food giant Nestlé, which has almost 70 brands. Their aim is clear even before the movie starts: to target the multinational headquartered in Vevey, which is in their view guilty of theft, chasing profit and cynicism. Whether it's a water pump in Somalia installed and maintained by Nestlé until 2007, a commercial water system of - finally - drinkable water in Pakistan or Nigeria, drilling in the state of Maine, or sponsoring a Nestlé brand at the New York marathon, it's all about dragging the Swiss corporation and its CEO Peter Brabeck through the mud...
In their documentary, Urs Schnell and Res Gehriger prove their intentions by accusing Nestlé of all kinds of bad things - corruption, theft, illegalities, etc. - without providing any proof. They appear to be offended merely by the fact that the food giant is sacrilegious enough to sell bottles of pure, clean water to millions of people in countries where corrupt governments neglect to provide a proper infrastructure. The film finally loses all credibility when the audience is expected to support complaints by Americans whining about profit as part of the capitalist ideology, as they give lessons on ecology.