DamNation (2014)

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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 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.
USA
IMDb   7.6 /10
Metacritic   52 %
TheMovieDb    6.8 /10
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Creators
Director Ben Knight
Director Travis Rummel
Writer Yvon Chouinard
Writer Ben Knight
Writer Matt Stoecker
Information
Release Date2014-11-21
Runtime1h 27min
GenreDocumentary, Adventure
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
AwardsAwards4 wins
CompanyPatagonia Films, Felt Soul Media, Stoecker Ecological
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Edward Abbey
Edward Abbey
Selfas Self
Bruce Babbitt
Bruce Babbitt
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Lori Bodi
Lori Bodi
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Elmer Crow
Elmer Crow
Self (Nez Perce tribal elder)as Self (Nez Perce tribal elder)
Laura Rose Day
Laura Rose Day
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Robert Elofson
Robert Elofson
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Don Fowler
Don Fowler
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Nate Gray
Nate Gray
Selfas Self
Larry Echo Hawk
Larry Echo Hawk
Selfas Self
Mikal Jakubal
Mikal Jakubal
Selfas Self
Jonathan Jarvis
Jonathan Jarvis
Selfas Self
Bryan Jones
Bryan Jones
Selfas Self
Narratoras Narrator
Selfas Self
Jary Metcalf
Jary Metcalf
Selfas Self
Rebecca Miles
Rebecca Miles
Selfas Self
Larry Moran
Larry Moran
Selfas Self

DamNation

DamNation is a 2014 advocacy documentary film about the changing attitudes in the United States concerning the large system of dams in the country.

The film was released on March 10, 2014. Blu-ray and DVD versions were also released in 2014.

The film takes an explicit point of view in support of the emerging environmental strategy of dam removal as a way to restore river ecosystems.


Awards

  • "Documentary Spotlight" (audience award) at South by Southwest (SXSW Film Festival), 2014
  • Winner, 2014 "Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy," Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital.