The award-winning documentary film DamNation will show at the Tower Theatre on Thursday, June 12 at 7pm. The screening—hosted by a collaboration of conservationists and river enthusiasts including the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC), the Oregon Natural Desert Association, the Bend Casting Club and American Whitewater—will feature a panel discussion with audience Q&A and a raffle.
DamNation 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. 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.
Stunning cinematography explores the rise and fall of dams around the country, including the close-to-home Elwah and White Salmon rivers in Washington, and Oregon’s Rogue River. It shares these events through the eyes of witnesses like the 94-year-old woman who was among the last to hike through passages now flooded by the Glen Canyon Dam; the tribal elder who mourns traditional fishing grounds lost to dams on the Columbia; and the Oregon man who has championed steelhead for more than a decade.
A passion project produced by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, DamNation recently won the Audience Choice Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival.
A panel discussion and audience Q&A session will follow the film. Panel speakers will discuss the legal, cultural, and recreational aspects of dams and dam removal.
The screening will also include a raffle featuring items from local businesses and nonprofit organizations.