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2 Upstream Battle
Native Americans against an energy corporation. Will they trigger the largest dam removal ever?
Directed by Ben Kempas
Produced by Joachim Schroeder


Video: Trailer

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Overview

Genre

Human Rights, Environment, Minorities, Politics, and Social Issues

Synopsis

A coalition of Native Americans battle to force the removal of dams owned by billionaire Warren Buffett that have devastated the salmon population on California's Klamath River. The hydro-power dams contributed to one of the worst fish die-offs in U.S. history and continue to turn the water into a toxic soup. 'If the fish are sick, we're sick,' says Merv George of the Hoopa Tribe. To rescue their river and save their culture, Merv and his combatants first travel to Scotland, then to the richest man in the United States. The dam owners praise hydro power as a low-cost, climate-friendly source of energy, a valuable resource they say they couldn't afford to lose. Yet, the tribes may soon trigger the largest dam removal project in history.

Treatment

Show treatment

Stage

finished

Running time

97, 59 or 52 minutes

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Credits

Ben Kempas ... Director

Joachim Schroeder ... Producer

Magdalena Hutter ... Consulting Producer

Ben Kempas ... Director of Photography

Raimund Barthelmes ... Co-Editor

Production Details

Prod. Co.

Preview Production GbR

Country

Germany

Production years

2005-2008

Locations

Northern California, Oregon, Scotland, Nebraska

Prod. Partners

FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

Distribution Details

Release year

2008

Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival 2008, Munich Dok.Fest 2008, Woodstock 2008, Reykjavik 2008, Hawaii 2008, Stranger Than Fiction NYC 2009, Big Sky Montana 2009, Belfast 2009, One World Prague 2009, Thessaloniki 2009, IFF Boston 2009, Nashville 2009, etc

Awards

Grand Jury Prize (Environmental Film) at the Santa Cruz Film Festival, Human Rights Award (OSCE) at the Dokufest in Kosovo, Best Environmental Film at IFF "Water, Sea & the Oceans" in the Czech Republic, Nomination for the Al Gore Reel Current Award

Broadcast (Prod.)

ARTE, Bayerischer Rundfunk

Broadcast (Acq.)

Al Jazeera, Czech Television

Language

English