The Kant World Citizen Prize (Kant-Weltbürgerpreis) 2014 will be awarded to the documentary « Water Makes Money » and the lawyers association ÇHD in Istanbul/Ankara

This year, the "Kant World Citizen Prize" (Kant-Weltbürgerpreis), which is worth 15 000 euros, will be awarded to the makers of the documentary « Water Makes Money », and the lawyers association ÇHD in Istanbul/Ankara. The prize has been awarded since 2004, in order to recognize and honour civic engagement, and more specifically civic engagement dedicated to the freedom of speech, transparency and to the courage to stand up for one’s beliefs.

The film “Water Makes Money“ by the directors Leslie Franke and Herdolor Lorenz is a remarkable example of a critical analysis of great structural and strategic significance for the sake of a more sovereign Europe. By raising awareness about the consequences of the increasing privatization of water, the documentary has made a great contribution to the success of the first European initiative about the « right2water ». In fact, more than 1, 6 million of citizens from 11 countries have signed a petition to protest against the privatization of water in municipalities. As a consequence, the European Union has decided to set aside the privatization project, which would have been a concession to private companies. This is also a real success for the democracy in Europe. In fact, the German director and the French protagonists of the film were prosecuted because they revealed cases of corruption in the water management of private companies.

The progressive association of lawyers in Turkey (ÇHD) is honored as a representative of all Turkish lawyers, who are persecuted because of their commitment to the rule of law and democracy. Selcuk Kozagaçlı, chairman of the organization ÇHD, is at the moment like many other colleagues in detention awaiting his trial. Currently, charges are pressed against 46 lawyers, a procedure, which has been closely followed by representatives of the European Union. The latter agree that the trial has been from the beginning a violation of international and European law and also of Turkish law. The Turkish State accuses the lawyers not to perform their regular duties due to other commitments.

The Kant Foundation calls upon the government of Turkey to release Selçuk Kozagaçlı (chairman of the organization) so that he can come to the award ceremony. The ceremony will take place on the day of the celebration for Europe, May 9th, between 14h and 18h30 in the room of the University Albert-Ludwig in Fribourg. In order to celebrate the European day, the 290th anniversary of the birth of I. Kant (22. 04. 2014) and the 10th anniversary of the creation the Kant Foundation, invites to the 5th Kant World citizen Prize ceremony, which will be inaugurated with a panel discussion about “the future of the democracy and the rule of law in Europe”. The speakers who have already confirmed their attendance are Gerhart R. Baum, BM a. D., Prof. Dr. Oliver Lepsius and Heide Rühle (MdEP).


Enthusiastic reactions after the broadcast of "Water Makes Money"

Thank you very much to show the film Water Makes Money. Well in Germany we´ll only get to see 99 % of uncriticial films. The movie was amazing, based on facts, with good examples. Even a complaint from Veolia & Suez didn´t stop you. That's fantastic. Please be critical in the future, too. Keep up the good work. I wish more TV companies have the courage as you did. The freedom of the press is so important. I hope you can show more critical films like that.
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Hello dear Film Team of Water Makes Money: All I can say is THANK YOU for your work, THANK YOU for your courage, THANK YOU for your dedication. Please continue! Education is the beginning of change. When things are clear and can be clearly recognized, they can be changed.

You owe you my biggest respect for the film and I wish you all the strenght for the future.
Thank you for this film. There are simply things in this world that need to be taken away from the money making maschine of capitalism. Among them all things on earth that cannot be multiplied, that all humans need, such as land, air and, well.. water. Don't get sidetracked by the juridic attacks of the capitalists. It is great that there are people with Zivilcourage like you!

The films is factual and absolutely correct in its diction. It reflects what is clear for everyone who is familiar with the capitalistic moral of enterprises. There are no exceptions. Too bad that only Arte took it on, since only the interested and mentally flexible people watch this channel – and they are a minority. The medienpolitische breakthrough would have been with ARD including the film into its program.

Thank you very much for the very informative and terrifying documentary. There was a lot that I didn't know: I consider especially the zusammenhang between ecological farming and healty drinking water to be important! […]I have been living in Berlin for 27 years and just now erlebte a volksentscheid regarding water in Berlin. NOW I have a much better idea about the content of these secret contracts that were often mentionned in this context. Thank you very much again and I hope that the chosen broadcasting time has brought and illuminated many viewers.

Thank you very much for the emission of the film. As active citizen of Stuttgart, I have lived a small reality. The fact that there are such extremes thereof – and also stages the world water forum – I did not know.

Thank you for the great film. I think that what you are showing is more than the tip of the iceberg- but certainly not the whole truth. Especially these things with the competence centers seems to be important. The former president of the TU Berlin wanted to make us believe that Berlin was the only center of competence.

I am completely spent by the fact how we are being cheated and how stupid and bribable our politicians are. Such machenschaften are happening all the time and more brave people should bring them out in the open.

Thank you for this film. At least now I don't feel so lonely when I say No.

My respect for your courage in these current times!

Thank you so much for your brave and committed movie. As Werra neighbours we see every day how an international business K + S has been polluting the river since decades with chemistry and salts, and this against current European law. Corruption and intimidation are also topics here! Relentless Aufklärung is urgently needed! This is why your documentary is a very important contribution. Please go on!

Cordial thanks for your awareness work, courage and opposition against such criminals that sneer at people. Water can never be traded, and cannot be an object of trade. Water belongs to all people on this planet and has to be more or less freely available for the people. Water can never be an object of speculation of criminals, water should be taken away from these criminals and their accomplices.

Thank you for this project that displayed the connection of the practices of Veolia so clearly laid out. Untill now I was not aware how these two multinationals bought themselves into the world of „congresses“ and the so-called science. Now I understand on what they base their power. We need a movement of „Water for all people“ which makes clear how our vital sources are sacrificed for the so called market economy. Just like water, all organic waste (solid and liquid) belongs in the hands of the community, because in the circle of life, waste management has to serve the water and the farming.

The film was impressive, congratulations. One can only hope that many people will see more clearly now, and that they start to think about the dangers of privatized water. Please go on!

Selection of filmworks 1986 to 2008

(Unless otherwise indicated, we were both responsible for script and direction, Herdolor Lorenz was responsible for camera and production.)

Leslie Franke und Herdolor Lorenz2007: „David vs. Goliath" 22 min. German independent documentary on Felton's efforts to acquire it's water system from German multinational RWE and it's US Subsidiary American Water. Narrated by Paul Glaser.

2007: "Rail up for sale" A grass roots film about the privatization of the german railway with examples of England - financed by those who want to see it, want to show it, and those who need this tool for clarification. 72 min.

2005: "H2O for sale" The privatization of a human necessity 58 min. The film shows against the background of English experiences what are the results of the privatization of the blue gold in Europe. NDR supported by MSH.

2000 - 2004: „Children of St. Georg" 93 Min. A logterm documentary by Herdolor Lorenz. Filmförderung Hamburg, Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film, ARTE/NDR. Award „Exceptionally valuable" by FBW

2003: „The blue gold in the Garden of Eden" 58 min. A film by Leslie Franke. Festivals: Ekotop Bratislava, Filmfest Florenz, Oekomedia Freiburg, ECOmove Berlin, Film21, Filmfestival für Nachhaltigkeit, Zürich, Green International Film Festival Taipei in Taiwan, Umweltfilmtage Bremen, festival.cinefeuille, Festival Slowakia. „Europäischer Fernsehpreis 2003" of the 20. ÖKOMEDIA in Freiburg, " Prize of Zavody Slovenskeho Narodneho povstania,Inc." des 30. Int. Festivals EKOTOPFILM Bratislava, Slovakia, "Laudable Mention", ECOmove, Festival of Internat.Enviromental Films, Berlin 2003,

2000: „The better you are, the higher you get", Julian, 6 years old. 30 min. documentary by Leslie Franke and Herdolor Lorenz

1995-1999: „It breaks my heart" Two Bosnian refugee families are looking for a new home 81/60 min. long term documentary by Leslie Franke and Herdolor Lorenz 1995-99. MunichDocumentary filmfestival 2000, Grand Prix of the VI. Krakow Ethnographic Filmfestival 09/2000, International Program of Moscow Human Rights Film Festivals "Stalker" 12/2000. International Filmfestival Istanbul 11/2001

1998: „For us school is like the beginning of a new day" 50 min. documentary about Roma- and Sinti-children in German and Netherland schools by Leslie Franke

1997: „Deportation: Bosnian refugees out! 30 min. report by Leslie Franke and Herdolor Lorenz

1994: „Stories from Mastrosowo" 5 min. documentary by Leslie Franke and Oleg Morosow

1994: „Trakehnen German again?" 45 min. report by Leslie Franke and Herdolor Lorenz

1993: „The taboo of freedom- Jews and nazis in Lithuania" 30 min. documentary by Herdolor Lorenz

1992: „Open outlook" 10 min. short documentary by Leslie Franke and Herdolor Lorenz

1991: „Inter times" 60 min. documentary by Leslie Franke and Sabine von Kessel

1991: „Departure to the holy land - Jewish people on their way to Israel" 45 min. documentary  by Leslie Franke, Herdolor Lorenz and J.Heppekausen

1990: „Forward to the past- Will Kaliningrad be Königsberg again?" 45 min. documentary by Leslie Franke and Herdolor Lorenz

1989:„Get out of the USSR - Lithuania in departure" 35 min. report by Leslie Franke and Herdolor Lorenz

1988: „Perestroika in the factory" 45 min. documentary by Leslie Franke and Herdolor Lorenz

1988: „Tanja, A Russian woman from Lipezk" 45 min. documentary by Leslie Franke and Herdolor Lorenz

1986: „Don't ask, don't beg - but fight! Unemployed defend themselves." 35 min. documentary by Leslie Franke, Herdolor Lorenz & Ch. Schubert

The following map shows all the current and past screenings of the film – the spreading is extremely impressive: since September 2010 there have been over 500 (movie theatre) showings, Germany and France and also Spain, Italy, Canada, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, India and even Tajikistan. 



A list of all screenings is available here.

„Water Makes Money“ is still being shown in many places, and we're happy to add all further showings to our map (to this end, simply send an Email with date and location of the showing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We ask for your understanding should the list not be complete.