Damnation (Hungarian: Kárhozat) is a 1988 black-and-white Hungarian film directed by Béla Tarr. The documentary film DamNation paints a picture of the United States in the early 20thcentury as a nation built on the concrete foundations of countless dams erected as part of a federal stimulus program to create jobs as a driver of economic growth coming out of the Great Depression. 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. ", "Small Town Anomie and Liquored Exhaustion", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Damnation_(film)&oldid=976507291, Films with screenplays by László Krasznahorkai, Articles containing Hungarian-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 3 September 2020, at 09:47. The film does a good job on introducing the idea of dam removal to someone who knows little about dams in an accessible and relatable format. Going forward, I hope there is more education on the impacts of dams. Was this review helpful to you? 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. Mountain & Adventure Film Festival Unveils Lineup, Watch: New Trailer for Award-Winning Documentary 'DamNation'; Patagonia to Hold Free Nationwide Screenings, The Problem of Civilization - Specific Issues. In Georgia, all the lakes are manmade from damming up rivers for hydroelectricity plants, but some are no longer in use. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Reunited, the women must fight off the film's maniacal killer. An epic saga about the secret history of the 1930s American heartland, centering on the mythic conflict and bloody struggle between big money and the downtrodden. Karrer despairs. Hydroelectricity was the main purpose for many dams, but many have outrun their usefulness and do not produce enough electricity staying open. This gets him out of the way, but things don't go as Karrer plans. Co-founder of Greenpeace and founder of Sea Shepherd, Captain Paul Watson has spent 40 years fighting to end the destruction of the ocean's wildlife and its habitat. A look at the challenges ecologists and conservationists face in the lucrative salmon-hatchery industry. Title: Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to … Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. The film tells the story of four groups that are... See full summary ». The enviro-conscious documentary "DamNation" has a decided agenda about big dams in this country: Though feats of engineering, they're also … The filmmakers present meaningful facts coupled with personal experiences for those who were negatively impacted by dams. Additionally, the Elwha River Dam was built on Native American land in 1913 taking away a source of food for the nearby tribes and violating a treaty agreement. The speech seems to alienate the beauty and peacefulness of the flowing river. " Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote in the Chicago Reader, "The near miracle is that something so compulsively watchable can be made out of a setting and society that seem so depressive and petrified. A lonely barfly falls in love with a married bar singer. 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. With Edward Abbey, Bruce Babbitt, Lori Bodi, Yvon Chouinard. After watching I felt more educated on dams and their history in the United States. Use the HTML below. The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Tenant helps landlord fight off local street gang. 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 ... 0 of 0 people found this review helpful.