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Drowned out

Synopsis
Shot over three years with no budget or electricity, DROWNED OUT tells the true story of one family’s inspired stand against the destruction of their land, homes and culture. The people of Jalsindhi in central India must make a decision fast. In the next few weeks their village will disappear underwater as the giant Narmada Dam fills. They have three choices: move to the slums in the city, relocate to a barren resettlement site with no drinking water, or stay at home and drown. Bestselling author Arundhati Roy joins the fight against the dam and asks the difficult questions. Will the water go to poor farmers or to rich industrialists? What happened to the 16 million people displaced by fifty years of dam building? Why should I care? The film follows the Jalsindhi villagers through hunger strikes, rallies, police brutality and a six year Supreme Court case. It stays with them as the dam fills and the river starts to rise.

DVD extras last over 4 hours and include commentaries, mini documentaries and interviews ( further details at http://www.spannerfilms.net/?lid=1135)
Language
English
Country
Great Britain; India
Year of release
2004
Year of production
2002
Documentation
Further information and update information available at http://www.spannerfilms.net/?lid=16
Subjects
Anthropology; Development studies; Environmental science; Geography
Keywords
dams; economic geography; India; migration - human; political campaigns; social geography

Online availability

URI
http://www.spannerfilms.net/?lid=98
Price
donation
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Director
Fanny Armstrong

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0
Price
£100.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
75 minutes + over 240 minutes of extras
Year
2007

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£85.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
75 minutes
Year
2007

Distributor

Name

Spanner Films

Contact
Franny Armstrong
Email
greetings@spannerfilms.net
Web
http://www.spannerfilms.net/ External site opens in new window
Address
Camden
London
WC1N 3XX

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