“Tapped,” a documentary exploring the role of the bottled water industry on public health and the environment, will be presented during a free screening and discussion in Santa Monica Thursday, March 11th.

The screening will be held at 7 p.m. in the screening room at the Santa Monica College Academy of Entertainment & Technology, 1660 Stewart St., Santa Monica. A conversation with director Stephanie Soechtig will follow the screening.

The film screening is part of SMC’s yearlong examination of water, the theme for the college’s ambitious global citizenship initiative. Water is also playing a central role in several courses at SMC, as well as for lectures, music performances, dance concerts and photo exhibits, a college spokesperson said.

“Tapped” examines such issues as whether access to clean drinking water is a basic human right or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce.

From the producers of “Who Killed the Electric Car?,” and “I.O.U.S.A.,” this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that many contend should never become a commodity — water, Soechtig said.

The documentary follows the path of the bottled water industry from the production of the plastic to the ocean where many bottles end up, and looks at the communities that have been impacted.

Information, (310) 434-4393, or www.smc.edu/associates/.