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Drowned Out

posted Oct 23, 2010, 12:03 AM by Diana Rohini LaVigne
Title: Drowned Out (2002)
Starring: Nina Wadia 
Director: Franny Armstrong 
Format: DVD
Review By: Diana Rohini LaVigne, Indian Life & Style Magazine

The scary reality of Indians living in the path of progression is brought to life by the expert talents of director Franny Armstrong. Rather than leave their home which is slated for destruction to make room for the newly created Narmada dam, they decide to stay and face being drowned by the rising waters.  The filmmakers produce a well-balanced look at the dilemma and explore the difficult challenges faced by the region which includes police brutality, hunger strikes and an ongoing court case about this situation. As the river water rises, film viewers take a look at the horrific situation emerging day by day.Drowned Out is a valuable film for understanding the down side to India’s ever-growing obsession with dam building and brings up the finer reasons that dams are not only a solution, but also dams are a major problem. Drowned Out encourages viewers to take another look at the human side of dam building.It was visually powerful and a compassionate look at those who suffer the most at the hands of the industrialization of the area. It is a film worth seeing many times!