Description: The “Mekong” examines the issues of hydropower development and its impact on Mekong citizen’s lives. It features stories of Mekong Citizen’s up and down the river, from fishers on the Tonle Sap, activists still fighting at the Pak Mun dam in Thailand, to a vice minister from Laos convinced he can build the region’s most “river-transparent” dam. Filmed in four countries, and four languages, it includes footage of China’s Mekong [Lancang] dams, as well as on-site footage of the controversial Xayaburi dam in Laos.
The films is directed and produced by Douglas Varchol and funded by CGIAR Challenge Program for Water and Food, IUCN’s Mekong Water Dialogues and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
“This compelling, fast paced yet lyrical film, does a brilliant job of exploring the tension and dilemmas of hard choices and often bitter ironies, surrounding one of Asia’s greatest rivers as it stands on the brink of dramatic changes which will affect the entire river basin and millions of lives that depend on it.”
– Nirmal Gosh, Senior Correspondent, The Straits Times
Join us to view the film and discuss the issues raised in an expert panel.
Mr. Douglas Varchol, Director of “Mekong”
Mr. Erik Baran, World Fish Senior Scientist
Mr. Meng Sokleng, “Mekong” Protagonist, now Dance Student
Mr. Kimsreng Kong, International Union for Conservation of Nature
Rep. of Mekong National Committee
Founded earlier in 2011 aiming at gathering of 6 groups of people who share the same interest,
activity, or achievement: professional group, civil servants, NGOs, Academics, Business Owners, and