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DamNation (2014)

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Edward Abbey Edward Abbey ... Himself (archive footage)
Bruce Babbitt Bruce Babbitt ... Himself
Lori Bodi Lori Bodi ... Herself
Yvon Chouinard ... Himself
Elmer Crow Elmer Crow ... Himself (Nez Perce tribal elder)
Laura Rose Day Laura Rose Day ... Herself
Robert Elofson Robert Elofson ... Himself
Don Fowler Don Fowler ... Himself
Nate Gray Nate Gray ... Himself
Larry Echo Hawk Larry Echo Hawk ... Himself
Mikal Jakubal Mikal Jakubal ... Himself
Jonathan Jarvis Jonathan Jarvis ... Himself
Bryan Jones Bryan Jones ... Himself
Ben Knight Ben Knight ... Narrator
Katie Lee ... Herself


This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation's majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature. Written by DamNation Team

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Well crafted and visually beautiful documentary
21 May 2014 | by dhash77See all my reviews

I was really surprised that I enjoyed this documentary so much. The information about our nation's abundance of damns, and the negative environmental impact they have had on the landscape and the indigenous wildlife was shocking to hear and see. Perhaps in the world of environmentalists this is common knowledge, but for a person not entrenched in the cause, like me, it was a compelling argument to learn more about the subject and to get more involved. The cinematography is a highlight of the film, and the information is delivered in a manner that kept me interested the whole time. This is definitely a film worth checking out.

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