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DamNation (Film&Discussion) SLO
Monday, July 21, 2014, 07:00pm - 09:30pm
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Brought back by popular demand since the Palm's screening was sold out. Here is your chance to see it AND speak about it afterwards...

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. DamNation¹s 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. Learn more about the film and take action at


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This is the most beautiful, artistically filmed documentary about dams ever. It is both intelligent and humorous and engaging. If anyone imagines how boring a subject about dams can be they are in for a rude awakening. The editors did not make a boring documentary. The are creative and wise for their years about how to give us a history of dams in this country to be likened to a spy thriller, very engaging when it comes to how the dams were accepted after the war to dam the rivers, to calm the raging out of control rivers as well as creating electrical power from damming the rivers. We see the history unfold of dam after dam until some folks decided to question why... And with the aid of environmental writers like Edward Abbey gave words and sentiments and possibility of change... and eventually shutting them down for myriad of reasons: the salmon (whose history of life comes to life in this documentary) and revealing the torture of the salmon at the hatcheries. It made me shudder to see how they were treated once they traveled miles from the ocean to the dams/hatcheries.

We see footage of the heroes who painted a crack in the wall of a certain dam and in the interview with the activist who painted it he reveals the story of decades earlier in the most colorful and animated interview practically of all documentary history, at least the ones that I've seen and they are in the hundreds.

A most informative and compelling story of the history of damming the rivers throughout the US to finally come to the realization that most were simply a power grab in their beginnings of the power brokers and now many of them are being decommissioned and allowing native peoples to no longer be drowned out from their sacred spots as well as for the salmon and other fish to run wild and free. A youthful and energetic look at dams, their origins and their decommissioning in our lifetime.

It seems like we are living at a time when we are waking up to the horrendous direction this industrial revolution has taken us in the past 200 years. And now with our questions as well as our consciousness shifting abilities, we are now seeing the beginning of a crack of a new dawn, focusing on nature as necessary rather than just a simple resource for the human being.

Whatever you have to do, get a copy of the film and show it to friends, in classrooms and to your community and have conversations not only about youthful activism but in stabilizing a new direction where we are working with nature instead of damming our nature. It's revealing that not only have we dammed up rivers but we've dammed up our own emotions and spiritual insights. And the good news is that we all are becoming more free and expressing our real nature and our real solution toward the Mystery...

- Bob Banner, editor of online and screener of transformational films...

Location SLO Public Library
Osos and Palm
San Luis Obispo