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Films & Schedules - Upstream Battle

Sun, Feb 15, 2009
at 7:30 PM (B3)

Mon, Feb 16, 2009
at 6:30 PM (B3)

Upstream Battle

DIRECTOR: Ben Kempas - Germany

One of the most infamous environmental battles in the last decade has centered on the four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, which runs from Southern Oregon through Norther California to the Pacific.  In 2002, an estimated seventy thousand salmon died from water management decisions that did not favor fish runs.  In Upstream Battle Kempas tells the remarkable story of the battle over the use of the river, in which the stakeholders in this ecosystem--farmers who rely on the water for irrigation; tribes of the Hoopa, Yurok, Karuk and Klamath whose cultures are based on salmon fishing; and commercial fishermen who catch the salmon at sea--struggle against corporate interests that appear as impenetrable as the dams themselves.  Kempas manages to humanize those on all sides, including the corporate employees whose own livelihoods are in flux, offering a valuable lesson on a complex and ongoing situation.  In English.

Filmography: To Be a Nation Again (99), The Loch Long Monster (01).

B3     97 Minutes    

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