Matilija Dam, Ventura County, California. Photo: DAMNATION Collection


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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.

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Upcoming screenings

Date Venue
Apr 20 6:30 PM Tropic Cinema Key West, FL Buy Tickets
Apr 21 8:30 PM Filmhuis De Keizer Deventer, Netherlands
Apr 22 4:30 PM Washington State University Vancouver Vancouver, WA
Apr 22 6:00 PM Milton Theatre Milton, DE Buy Tickets
Apr 22 6:45 PM Food for Thought Film Series Morristown, NJ Buy Tickets
Apr 22 7:00 PM Iowa City Public Library Iowa City, IA
Apr 23 12:00 PM Grays Harbor College Aberdeen, WA
Apr 23 2:00 PM Grays Harbor College Aberdeen, WA
Apr 23 7:00 PM Liberty Brew & View Springfield, IL
Apr 24 6:30 PM Herring Run Festival Plymouth, MA Buy Tickets
Apr 29 6:00 PM The Long Trail School Dorset, VT
May 7 6:30 PM Martha's Exchange Nashua, NH
May 16 7:00 PM Keene Arts Keene, NY
May 21 7:00 PM Cape Cod Academy Osterville, MA
Avalon, SC Gratifly Music and Arts Festival
Kroc Center Coeur d'Alene, ID
New Deal Cafe Greenbelt, MD Buy Tickets
Redfish Lake Visitor's Center Stanley, ID

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