Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Hydroelectric and navigational dams have for decades shaped the waterways of Washington state. Many people find the immense structures awe-inspiring feats of human engineering while others consider them hideous crimes against nature. For those looking to learn more about the legacy and impact of our dams, the new documentary DamNation offers an engaging, scenic exploration of the national issue with much of the film dedicated to the Northwest.
Highlights of the documentary focus on the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam on the Olympic Peninsula in 2011, the largest project of its kind at the time. But other sections of the film take on Columbia River dams and multiple dams along the Snake River.
The 90-minute film follows the historical arc of dam construction to what appears to be a shift back toward re-opening many waterways. The film does not hide its sympathies for the anti-dam movement, but also incorporates interviews with dam supporters and power officials. Here's a dam-related FAQ from the film's website.
The film is showing 7 pm tonight at the Lincoln Center. Doors open at 6 pm. Tickets cost $10. A question-and-answer session with filmmakers will be held after the showing.
DamNation is not showing in any theaters in the area.