Damocracy the Movie

Monday, April 22, 2013
Damocracy is a film about the cultural and natural heritage the world could lose if two controversial large-scale dams are built despite widespread opposition and resistance – the Belo Monte Dam in the Brazilian Amazon and the Ilisu Dam in southeast Turkey.

Daniel Ribeiro: The Zambezi River (Video)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Daniel Ribeiro tells us his story about falling in love with and fighting for the Zambezi River. Learn more about our work and the Zambezi here. In honor of the 2013 International Day of Action for Rivers, please tell us the story of you and your river through prose, poetry or artwork, in an email or by mail. We would love to receive short videos or audio recordings of your stories. Send submissions to

The Mekong: Grounds of Plenty

Monday, October 22, 2012
This 2011 documentary film is the story of about the wild capture fisheries of the Mekong River and how its rich ecosystem helps feed and support the livelihoods of millions of people across Southeast Asia.

Dams on the Zambezi Unprepared for Climate Change (Video)

Thursday, October 18, 2012
A new in-depth study of the hydrological risks to hydropower dams on the Zambezi River gives an early warning about what Southern Africa could be facing as it contemplates plans for more large hydropower dams in a time of climate change.

The Teesta River: A Photo Journey

Friday, September 7, 2012
The Teesta River flows through the length of Sikkim, India and is considered to be the lifeline of the state. The proposed 520 MW Teesta IV Dam is planned for the last free-flowing stretch of the Teesta River between the Teesta III Dam – currently under construction – and the Teesta V Dam, already completed. The proposed Teesta IV Dam and its construction, especially the intake tunnel, would destroy a sacred lake that is believed to be the heart of where a Lepcha clan (the original inhabitants of Sikkim) originated. The indigenous people of Sikkim continue to oppose the Teesta IV Dam, alo

Xingu Rising

Friday, August 31, 2012
The Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June of 2012. President Dilma Rousseff had the nerve to talk about making "promises for the type of future that we want" through "growth, inclusion and protection," while at the same time doing everything in her power to push through construction of the destructive Belo Monte Dam in the Amazon – without the approval of the tens of thousands of people who would be affected.

Struggle in the Amazon: The Clash between Energy and the Environment

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
In July, 2012, the United Nations ran a Web TV story on the Belo Monte Dam, including interviews with Juruna tribal leader Sheyla Juruna, and Arara tribal leader José Carlos Arara. The video utilizes our Google Earth video on Belo Monte, entitled "Defending the Rivers of the Amazon," developed in 2010. Watch the story above, to hear Sheyla describe the impacts of the dam, on a visit to the Xingu River.

Human Banner Organized in Brazil

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Nearly 1500 people used Rio's Flamengo Beach as a canvas on June 19, 2012.

Lori Pottinger Interviewed about Ethiopian Dam Building

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Lori Pottinger discusses the risks of Ethiopia's dam boom, on Ethiopian satellite TV station ESAT.

Wrong Climate for Damming Rivers Video

International Rivers and Friends of the Earth International have teamed up to create a state-of-the-art Google Earth 3-D tour and video narrated by Nigerian activist Nnimmo Bassey, winner of the prestigious Right Livelihood Award. The production was launched on the first day of the COP 17 climate meeting in Durban. The video and tour allow viewers to explore why dams are not the right answer to climate change, by learning about topics such as reservoir emissions, dam safety, and adaptation while visiting real case studies in Africa, the Himalayas and the Amazon.


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