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Drowned Out

Franny Armstrong / Royaume-Uni - Inde / 2004 / 75 ' / Anglais


Franny Armstrong, St. John O'Rorke & Gregers Sall
Franny Armstrong
Chris Brierley
Frank Hutson
Franny Armstrong

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2004 Nominated, British Independent Film Awards, Best Documentary

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The true story of one family's inspired stand against the destruction of their land, homes and culture.


The 75 minute no-budget, no-electricity, no-Hindi documentary has been seen by more than 14 million people.

Three choices. Move to the slums in the city, relocate to a barren resettlement site with no drinking water 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 agains 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.

"At once angry, compassionate, disturbing and yet empowering, it makes for urgent and necessary viewing" - TIME OUT


"Documentaries rarely, if ever, come better than this" - BERMUDA ROYAL GAZETTE

"Masterfully crafted" - ONEWORLD AWARDS JURY

"Quiet, fierce, beautiful" - NEW INTERNATIONALIST

"A real eye opener ... powerfully intimate" - FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL

"A film of enormous heart, grit and insight, that is both taut political essay and enormously moving plea" - SAN FRANCISCO FILM FESTIVAL JURY