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Drowned Out
Drowned Out
Actor: Nina Wadia
Director: Franny Armstrong
Genres: Documentary
NR     2006     1hr 27min

Shot over three years by director Franny Armstrong, (McLibel), this documentary tells the true story of one family's inspired stand against the destruction of their land, homes and culture. The villagers had three choices:...  more »


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Actor: Nina Wadia
Director: Franny Armstrong
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: Cinema Libre
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/28/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2004
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 27min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, French

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Movie Reviews

Drowned Out a VERY important Film to See!
Diana Rohini LaVigne | San Francisco, CA USA | 07/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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!
Drowned Out
Peggy Jean | Phoenix, AZ | 05/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have read a considerable amount about the flooding of villages and farms in India for Hydropower Dams, but this documentary film was an unbelievably intimate experience with the people going through deciding whether or to re-locate or to stay on their lands as the waters rose. It is informative, moving - but not entertaining. I'd recommend it highly to anyone who cares to bear witness to lives we would otherwise never know of."