DamNation  (87 minutes, USA)|
This 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.
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.
Directors: Ben Knight, Travis Rummel
Writers: Yvon Chouinard (conceived by), Ben Knight, Matt Stoecker
How Whales Change Climate  (5 minutes, USA)
When whales were at their historic populations, before their numbers were reduced, it seems that whales might have been responsible for removing tens of millions of tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere every year. Whales change the climate. The return of the great whales, if they are allowed to recover, could be seen as a benign form of geo-engineering. It could undo some of the damage we have done, both to the living systems of the sea, and to the atmosphere.
Editor: Steve Agnos
Narration: George Monbiot
Guest Speaker Director Travis Rummel (via Skype)
Featured ENGO LOW (Lake Ontario Waterkeeper)
Co-Presenters: Patagonia & Ecologos
Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario (View)
McCaul St. at Dundas St. W.
Toronto, ON M5T 1G4
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|