DamNation

Cine 10, Lecture Theatre Block, Colchester Campus

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BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, WE HAVE HAD TO CLOSE ART EXCHANGE

In collaboration with the Centre for Film Studies, we present Béla Tarr’s film odyssey DamNation.

This powerful film crosses America as it explores the sea change in national attitudes from pride in big dams as engineering wonders, to the growing awareness that America’s 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.

DamNation will be introduced by Professor Susan Oliver, Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex, who will also lead Q&A after the film.

A drink reception will follow.

Admission free – all welcome

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