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Drowned Out (2002)

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An Indian family decide to stay at home and drown rather than make way for the Narmada dam Three choices. Move to the slums in the city, accept a place at a resettlement site or stay at ... See full summary »

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An Indian family decide to stay at home and drown rather than make way for the Narmada dam Three choices. Move to the slums in the city, accept a place at a resettlement site or stay at home and drown. The people of Jalsindhi in central India must make a decision fast. In the next few weeks, their village will disappear underwater as the giant Narmada Dam fills. Bestselling author Arundhati Roy joins the fight against the dam and asks the difficult questions. Will the water go to poor farmers or to rich industrialists? What happened to the 16 million people displaced by fifty years of dam building? Why should I care? Drowned Out follows the Jalsindhi villagers through hunger strikes, rallies, police brutality and a six year Supreme Court case. It stays with them as the dam fills and the river starts to rise... Written by Anonymous

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An Indian family choose to stay at home and drown rather than make way for the Narmada Dam.

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28 August 2002 (UK)  »

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How can people with math and science degree make such mistakes
20 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

What is fascinates me about this film is how the Indian engineers fail to determine how much damage was cause when the dam was build. They use a computer software programs to give different situations regarding water flow, speed of the water, etc. and yet they still underestimate how much damage was cause by the dam in terms of people being displaced, how much land was going to be underwater, how many people lost their livelihood after the dam was built, the river traveling in a different direction after the dam was finished, and whether the dam ever achieve its objective of bring water to the dry lands that it was suppose to have done. For people who have math and science degrees, it shows how pretty stupid they were despite the fact that some of them were probably the cream of the crop of India's engineering corp.


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