“DamNation” co-director Ben Knight avoids a surveillance helicopter while filming the demolition of Condit Dam on Washington’s White Salmon River in a controversial scene from “DamNation.” Photo: DamNation Collection.
“DamNation” co-director Ben Knight avoids a surveillance helicopter while filming the demolition of Condit Dam on Washington’s White Salmon River in a controversial scene from “DamNation.” Photo: DamNation Collection.
The Oneota Film Festival  and Decorah Hatchery will present the award-winning documentary that has stunned and moved audiences from coast to coast since its New York premiere in May. 

The final offering in OFF’s summer River Film Series, “DamNation,”  has been called “entertaining,” “inspirational” and “a blend of history, face-melting nature cinematography, and a dash of Edward Abbey–style criminal mischief” by the Santa Barbara Independent.

DamNation will be shown free of charge in Decorah Wednesday, July 16, at 7 p.m. at T-Bock’s Upstairs.

Three years in the making, DamNation is a powerful film odyssey across America that explores the accelerating change in the nation’s attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. 
Its majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

The film is underwritten by famous high-end outdoor gear manufacturer Patagonia and its 75-year-old founder, Yvon Chouinard, in association with Stoecker Ecological and Felt Soul Media.

Chouinard, an avid fly fisherman and head of one of the most socially accountable companies in America, says, “I hope this film leads to a revolution about how we think about our water, and how we think about our rivers.”

All Oneota Film Festival films are free of charge and open to the public. No tickets are required. Seating is on a first-come basis.

Decorah’s nonprofit Oneota Film Festival is made possible by the generous support of sponsors and donors across the regional community. 

Besides special film showings in summer and fall, OFF holds its major three-day event in March.