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  • Nov 3-5

DamNation

A pow­er­ful film odyssey explores the shift in America’s nation­al atti­tude from pride in big dams as engi­neer­ing won­ders to aware­ness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. DamNa­tion shows how far things have moved and how quick­ly, from the assump­tion 50 years ago that dams were always a pow­er for good, to the first suc­cess­ful attempt to remove a mar­gin­al dam 20 years ago on the Ken­nebec Riv­er. The film high­lights oth­er dam removal sto­ries, includ­ing the Elwha and White Salmon Rivers in Wash­ing­ton.  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. The film’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.

Run­ning time:  87 minutes