Documentary on dam removal in USA to screen in Hobart

DamNation, a new documentary on dam removal in the USA, is to screen in Hobart at the State Cinema on Wednesday 26 November at 8:30 PM.

The screening will be introduced by Bob Brown and will be a fundraiser for the Lake Pedder Restoration Committee and the Bob Brown Foundation to support their ongoing campaign to restore the original Lake Pedder.

Poster for the Hobart screening of DamNation

Poster for the Hobart screening of DamNation

A synposis of DamNation has been provided by its production team:

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.

For DamNation‘s website, which contains a wealth of information, click here.

At the screening of DamNation, a brief 3D visualisation that explains how and why Lake Pedder was flooded, and demonstrates how it could be restored, will also be shown. The visualisation was developed in 2013 by the Lake Pedder Restoration Committee. For details of the visualisation, click here.

The screening is presented with generous support from Patagonia.

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