CINECENTA Films, Victoria, BC


University of Victoria Students Society presents DamNation

October 18, 7:00pm
CINCENTA, University of Victoria Student Union, Victoria, BC, Canada
Tickets: UVSS Students, Seniors and Children:  $5.75 CAD; Cinemagic Members, UVic Alumni, Faculty, Staff and guest:  $6.75 CAD; Non-Members:  $7.75 CAD
Panel discussion after the film facilitated by KAIROS Victoria and Sierra Club of BC.


“Even as the BC government throws billions at the Site C dam, US is taking dams down as too costly and inefficient for the drought-ridden 21st century. DamNation tells the dramatic story of the rebirth of a river to freedom.” 
–KAIROS Victoria

DamNation is a powerful film odyssey across America that 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 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.

Dams installed along iconic river systems over the last century are a stunning legacy of ‘manifest destiny’ that have severely deformed many once pristine ecosystems, cultures, and livelihoods throughout the Pacific Northwest and around the world. The largest dam removal project in North America is just being completed on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington state. The Elwha project is the sentinel of change and heralding a new era of dam removal environmentalism sweeping across the United States -after almost 25 years of planning. Is Canada next?Join us for a two evening film event celebrating bold changes in our over dammed world. Together these two stunning and award winning films visually impart how, if we are strong, unrelenting, and work together at the local, national, and now international scale, we might just be able to not only understand the scientific and ecological legacy of the past, but begin (at a meaningful scale) to undo stunning environmental harm, and possibly MOST importantly, protect our vanishing intact ecosystems for the future.

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October 18, 2016 at 7pm
University of Victoria, Student Union Bldg
3800 Finnerty Rd
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2
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