BFF 2016: “Power of the River: Expedition to the Heart of Water in Bhutan”, USA


“Power of the River: Expedition to the Heart of Water in Bhutan”, USA, 2016, Greg I. Hamilton, 74’

An adventure from the last Himalayan kingdom. Home to the world’s most ambitious commitment to protect nature, Bhutan faces urgent pressure to dam every river. A man named “Good Karma” guides an expedition to keep his country’s mightiest river free.

Their trek features a first-ever fishing descent onto virtually unexplored whitewater, including Class IV+ rapids. Along the way, the team makes deep connections and explores stark contrasts with the people of Bhutan and those of neighboring India (whose thirst for electricity is driving a dam frenzy).

Power of the River is the feature documentary debut from Greg I. Hamilton, whose short doc ‘The Movement’ was featured in Sundance and 20 other festivals worldwide, winning 5 awards.

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