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Water is so essential to life that we cannot survive without it for more than three days. But it’s limited. On Earth, only 3% of our water is fresh, with less than 1% available for human use. The other 2% is locked inside the Poles. Today, with over a billion people lacking access to clean drinking water, we are finally being forced to confront a stark reality: a future where, in many parts of the world, fresh water is scarce, expensive, and out of our hands. PARCHED is a feature documentary and four episodes that takes a character-driven and investigative approach to find out who really controls water in this country -- and in the world.  PARCHED will unite investigative journalism with narrative entertainment in the deeply engaging style for which Jigsaw is renowned. The series will be haunting, shocking and cinematic -- and viewers will be left with a new and frightening understanding of our planet’s most precious resource. Villains, victims, and heroes guide the stories in each installment, backed by expert interviews, unfolding verité scenes and revealing archival. In our feature documentary and first episode (“Privatization), we follow the trail of powerful water moguls in drought-plagued California, and beyond, as they take over precious water resources in shady backroom deals. Episode Two (“Sacrificial Waters”) investigates how billion-dollar industries use money and manipulation in exchange for a free pass to poison our waterways and precious underground reserves. In our third episode (“Wall Street’s Water”), we expose the mega-banks who are buying up and cashing in on water as they create a budding new industry benefiting an elite few. The final episode of PARCHED (“Global Water Conflict”) reveals alarming near-future scenarios as water wars become a reality, and countries stake their claim on the next freshwater frontiers: Antarctica and Greenland.



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