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KWADACHA BY THE RIVER
Specs: CANADA | 2017 | 18.5 min
Filmmakers: Dave Shortt, Jessica Hallenbeck, Mitchell McCook
Themes: indigenous, flood, dam, species, activism
In the late 1960’s, the Kwadacha First Nation were flooded out of their Northern BC territory by the W.A.C. Bennett Dam - one of the largest hydroelectric dams in the world. Without warning, hundreds of cemeteries and village sites were destroyed. Thousands of animals drowned, causing near-starvation in the community. Many people too have drowned; in waters rendered dangerous and unnavigable. Ironically, Kwadacha does not benefit from the dam -- relying instead on a diesel generator so costly, that many cannot afford electricity. With neighbouring communities at risk from the construction of a new dam, it’s time for Kwadacha to tell their story.
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