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Lost Rivers (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 10 October 2012 (Canada)
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Once upon a time, in almost every industrial city, countless rivers flowed. We built houses along their banks. Our roads hugged their curves. And their currents fed our mills and factories.... See full summary »

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Caroline Bacle (as Caroline Bâcle)

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Caroline Bacle (as Caroline Bâcle), Helene Klodawsky (story consultant)
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Once upon a time, in almost every industrial city, countless rivers flowed. We built houses along their banks. Our roads hugged their curves. And their currents fed our mills and factories. But as cities grew, we polluted rivers so much that they became conduits for deadly waterborne diseases like cholera, which was 19th century's version of the Black Plague. Our solution two centuries ago was to bury rivers underground and merge them with sewer networks. Today, under the city, they still flow, out of sight and out of mind... until now. That's because urban dwellers are on a quest to reconnect with this denigrated natural world. LOST RIVERS takes us on an adventure down below and across the globe, retracing the history of these lost urban rivers by plunging into archival maps and going underground with clandestine urban explorers. We search for the disappeared Petite rivière St-Pierre in Montreal, the Garrison Creek in Toronto, the River Tyburn in London, the Saw Mill River in New ... Written by Katarina Soukup

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10 October 2012 (Canada) See more »

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Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Low key, informative doc
24 January 2017 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

'Lost Rivers' is an interesting documentary about the surprisingly common occurrence of forgotten rivers and streams running under the streets of cities around the world. These waterways were mostly covered over after they were converted into sewage waterways, to deal with the attendant smells and health risks. Others were covered to make room for highways, or for various other now questionable reasons. But now a number of cities are re-opening these treasures, cleaning them up, creating natural space for animals and people. It also examines those who get obsessed with exploring the covered water/sewer systems (calling themselves 'drainers'), often in violation of the law, and how they become passionate advocates for the waterways, along with the sometimes striking and ancient architecture buried with them.

Never dull, but in the end, there's not a lot of emotion to the film. It's like an informative illustrated lecture. It's an interesting, even eclectic overview, but it's not a film I'd feel the need to see again.


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