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Dammed – the story of the dam affected communities of the Narmada River

Sutton for Peace and Justice invite you to a screening of the film Dammed followed by Q & A with the directors Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl.

On Friday 29 May, 7.30–9.30pm, doors open at 7.00, at Sutton Quaker Meeting Hall, Cedar Road, Sutton, SM2 5DA.

There is no advance entry charge, donations will be taken on the night. Please reserve your place by email to sutton4peace@yahoo.co.uk or by text message to 07740 594496.


Dammed challenges the paradigm of development that assumes that mega dams are an essential element of progress.

The film follows the unfolding saga and personal tragedy of the dam-affected communities of the Narmada River in India. Narmada becomes a metaphor for a sustainable way of life; whilst the dams signify misplaced ideas of ‘progress’.

A story of struggle and resilience, despair and hope, relevant to all nations that have rivers, dams and people.

Dammed, India, 2014, by Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl, independent filmmakers and media trainers.

Awards and screenings:
Best Film in ‘Water for All’ category, Vatavaran Environment & Wildlife Film Festival, New Delhi, 3/2/2014.
International Premiere: International Environmental Film Festival 2014, Goias, Brasil, 1/6/14.
Voices from the Waters Film Festival, Bangalore, 2014.
Voices from the Waters Film Festival, Sweden, 28/11/14.

You can see a trailer here.

About the Directors

Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl received the National Award for Best Investigative Film at the National Film Awards (2011), for their film ‘Cotton for my shroud’. It was screened as ‘Headline Film’ at the World Investigative Film Week at London in 2013.

They received a special mention for their film ‘Candles in the wind’ at the 61st National Film Awards.

Almost two decades into filmmaking, they work in the genres of documentary and poetry films, focusing on ecology, livelihoods, development and human rights.

They take workshops to initiate inquisitive minds into filmmaking and photography under the banner ‘Top Quark Workshops’.

They taught Photography and Video-Production at the Department of Culture and Media Studies, Central University of Rajasthan.

Nandan is also an avid photographer. In 2009, he had a 30-day solo exhibition of his photographs at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

Their most recent film ‘I cannot give you my Forest’ has been awarded the ‘Rajat Kamal’ for the Best Film in Environment, including Agriculture, at the National Film Awards (For 2014).


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