Ben Knight films a river that someone forgot to dam in Washington’s Olympic National Park.
Ben Knight films a river that someone forgot to dam in Washington’s Olympic National Park.

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If you missed the nationwide free screening of DamNation, the award-winning documentary on America's aging dam infrastructure and its effects on our rivers and their inhabitants, you'll have to cough up some dough to view it. And we highly recommend you do now that the film is fully available to the public for the first time.

Ben Knight films a river that someone forgot to dam in Washington’s Olympic National Park.
Ben Knight films a river that someone forgot to dam in Washington’s Olympic National Park. (photo: Travis Rummel)

If you're not familiar with DamNation, despite our droning on about it, here's the film's synopsis form Vimeo: "This powerful 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. DamNation¹s 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."

The feature-length documentary is now available to rent (for $5.99) or buy (for $9.99) on on Vimeo.

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