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Film review: Water and Power

"Water and Power" is ostensibly a documentary about the Owens Valley, some 250 miles north of Los Angeles, which was once flourishing farm country but has become parched desert at the hands of the Department of Water and Power.

Intended as poetry, this experimental film is a series of visual images, some altered optically with layered pictures or time-lapse photography, to make a point about what was and what is.

As a movie, however, it requires great patience, which I must have been lacking when I watched it.

Sleep-inducing and obtuse, it left me unaffected.