Drowned out film review

Filmography is just that, but includes a 3 minute trailer for McLibel.

drowned out documentary summary

There are people campaigning about everything in this world. It's also worth noting that each of the above listed films is American in origin and deals with American issues.

The inhabitants of many other villages are not offered land at all, just a cash settlement that will last only a few weeks in whatever new location they may end up, usually an overcrowded city slum.

Both the blatant disregard for the indigenous right to their land as well as the biased use of the media are just two examples of how the Narmada dams are a conglomeration of hypocrisy and irony. Hugh Brody's description of how his team discovered the full extent of the problems behind the Narmada dam project: "There wasn't a moment of revelation," he says "it was much more the peeling an onion.

Music, too, is used to emotive effect, but is done so with subtlety and you never feel you are being clumsily manipulated. It's also worth noting that each of the above listed films is American in origin and deals with American issues. Astonishingly, given that that this is one of the best documentaries I have seen in a long while and one of the most polished DVD releases of the year, you can't just nip down to Woolworth and buy a copy — a truly independent production, this unless you live in London can only be bought directly from Spanner Films via their web site at www. Running 14 minutes and framed as are all of the extras , this adds a sobering postscript to the film and brings the story up to date, giving further details of the continued progress on the dam and its dramatic effect of what little remains of the Jalsindhi farmland. Viewers almost feel the river running through their toes. And this is just the start. Will the water go to poor farmers or to rich industrialists? But to the Jalsindhi people it is more than that — they have been self-sufficient farmers for countless years and this is not about a lifestyle change, but simple survival. As the questions start to pile up, the answers offered prove increasingly unsatisfactory. Though it is difficult to say whether or not this unfortunate trend will come to an end soon, I am hopeful when I see documentaries such as Drowned Out produced. Flashy 5. The Indian government has embarked on one of the most ambitious dam-building projects in recent memory, funded by a loan from the World Bank. The diegetic sound and narration are essentially front and centre weighted, the music score is spread more widely across the front sound stage.

Hunt it out, spread the word, and when, in a few years time, Franny Armstrong is being discussed as one of the key documentary film-makers of our generation, you can say you were in there at the start. It provides an insight as to how political decisions made without the knowledge or the consent of those who will be affected, have far reaching effects on people as well as the environment.

One also continuously hears about the modern occupation of one country in another, the U. It is that important, and it is that moving and inspiring.

It is impossible to overstate that this is absolutely required viewing.

Drowned out film review

All of which is good news — after years of marginalisation, documentary features are being widely discussed alongside their mainstream dramatic counterpart. In one promotional video, the project was advertised as an end to thirst, even though the vast majority of the water spread by the creation of the dam will go to those who already have ample amounts of water. The Indian government has embarked on one of the most ambitious dam-building projects in recent memory, funded by a loan from the World Bank. It is impossible to overstate that this is absolutely required viewing. The film is heart-wrenching as the wheels of privilege turn and crush those without money, education, or access to power. The final section, Spanner Films, has further sub-sections. Viewers almost feel the river running through their toes. It's a fascinating extra with some very nice touches — the home-made electrical plug being a favourite — and its really good to see the crew interacting with the people they filmed, something those outside a production rarely get to witness.

Occasionally the commentary is slightly out of sync with what is being discussed on screen, but this is no doubt due to editing in order to most effectively use all of the contributions. Armstrong gracefully captures the soul of her subjects, along with the rich palette of their colorful lives.

The film moves between local and national-global issues, while emphasizing the importance of small, people-centered development over large megaprojects. Armstrongs documentary clearly demonstrated why the Sardar Sarovar dam is a contentious issue.

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Film Review: Drowned Out