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.
SXSW 2014 Audience Choice – Documentary Spotlight
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital 2014 Environmental Advocacy Award
International Wildlife Film Festival 2014 Best Conservation Film
Environmental Film Festival at Yale 2014 Grand Jury Prize and Audience Choice
5Point Film Festival 2014 Best of Festival
MountainFILM 2014 Audience Award
San Francisco Green Film Festival 2014 Best Feature Award