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DamNation is a 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 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. (c) Patagonia

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  • "DamNation" does little in the way of presenting the pros alongside the cons of dams, resulting in cheerful feature-length propaganda that seems to be disagreeing with no one in particular.

    May 18, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Directors Ben Knight and Travis Rummel have made a fleet movie with a convincing argument for systemic dam removal (some of which is caught thrillingly on film) and arresting nature-drenched cinematography.

    May 15, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Lumps together its grievances and interviews in a way that feels scattered and geared toward those inclined to agree.

    May 8, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A quick, smart documentary about the havoc one country can create in its native fish populations by building 75,000 dams over an 80- or 90-year span.

    May 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The movie's style is as discursive and scattershot as Knight's narration.

    Apr 17, 2014 | Full Review…

    Mark Jenkins

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  • A straightforward documentary about the history of dams in America and the recent movement to remove expensive, outdated dams that impede fish passage.

    May 8, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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