Last Call at the Oasis

Jessica Yu

A desperate appeal for attention for the impending global water shortage: the biggest social issue facing the world today. This powerful and stimulating film shatters myths and provides solutions whilst being entertaining, shocking and funny in equal measures.

Last Call at the Oasis focuses on the neglected problem of impending global water shortages. The fountains and swimming pools in the desert city of Las Vegas, for example, are gradually guzzling the Hoover Dam reservoir dry. The film also addresses the continuing pollution of water, and we discover that the lawyer Erin Brockovich (played by Julia Roberts in the 2000 biopic about her battle) is still fighting the same case for countless residents who developed cancer as a result of poor water treatment legislation. Various scientists and environmental experts have their say, and Yu intersperses a good amount of news footage and archive material. But there is also time for more personal stories, such as the one about Lynn, a farmer in Michigan who is battling the pollution of drinking water in her neighborhood. One organisation is experimenting with selling water recycled from the sewers – but how do you turn that into an attractive proposition? The film is an urgent wake-up call, showing people’s carelessness with drinking water all over the world. Even Israel’s holy Jordan River is suffering – its waters are heavily polluted, but that doesn’t stop thousands of pilgrims from going there for full-immersion baptisms.


Jessica Yu
Elise Pearlstein
Country of production
United States
95 minutes
Spoken language
Production company
Participant Media
World Sales
Ealing Metro