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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 75 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2002
Available in French: No

Three choices. Move to the slums in the city, accept a place at a resettlement site or stay at home and drown. 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. 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? Drowned Out 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...

Awards: Runner-Up, Audience Award for Best Documentary, San Francisco International Film Festival

Links: http://www.spannerfilms.net

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