Our national attitude to dams is changing. From pride in big dams as feats of engineering, there is now a growing awareness that we can bring our rivers back to life. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2014 SXSW festival.



Ben Knight, Travis Rummel, Matt Stoecker





Running Time

87 min 

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SFGFF film program:

DamNationIn DamNation we see how dam removal moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. We see 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. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2014 SXSW festival, the film's majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams and the personal stories of people fighting to bring rivers back to their natural state.

"DamNation portrays the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang coming to life as we enter into the mindset of those who can no longer sit back and watch the planet and the rivers be destroyed." ~ Huffington Post

Screening: Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Aquarium of the Bay. SF Premiere // Festival Opening Night.

Discussion with: Ben Knight, director/editor; Travis Rummel, director/producer; Matt Stoecker, producer/underwater photographer; Mikal Jakubal, activist.

Program sponsors: Earthjustice and Aquarium of the Bay.

WINNER: 2014 Best Feature Award