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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 »

Directors:

Ben Knight (co-director), Travis Rummel (co-director)

Writers:

Yvon Chouinard (conceived by), Ben Knight | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Edward Abbey Edward Abbey ... Self (archive footage)
Bruce Babbitt Bruce Babbitt ... Self
Lori Bodi Lori Bodi ... Self
Yvon Chouinard ... Self
Elmer Crow Elmer Crow ... Self (Nez Perce tribal elder)
Laura Rose Day Laura Rose Day ... Self
Robert Elofson Robert Elofson ... Self
Don Fowler Don Fowler ... Self
Nate Gray Nate Gray ... Self
Larry Echo Hawk Larry Echo Hawk ... Self
Mikal Jakubal Mikal Jakubal ... Self
Jonathan Jarvis Jonathan Jarvis ... Self
Bryan Jones Bryan Jones ... Self
Ben Knight Ben Knight ... Narrator
Katie Lee ... Self
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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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Too simple, too naive
28 December 2014 | by yoyodeepSee all my reviews

I have heard that dams are not good for environment, and I was expecting to know why human would be better without dams. However the film was way too shallow, tunnel-visioned and very subjective. Science is not a belief. We want to see evidences and know analysis, not just emotional feelings or someone's own reminiscence. There are so much more to talk about of benefits of removing dams on environment, economics and, especially, on human development.The film, focusing narrowly on something that will only affect a very small population and very few aspects of people's life, failed to delivery any powerful or persuasive reasons to audience as to why dams should be removed.


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