SRC Movie Nights


Movies are a way to express emotions and connections in a way no lecture will be able to. They can be inspiring and be a starting point for discussions. During the students for rivers camp, movies will play a central role during two evenings, see it as a little Film Festival. 

Monday September 14th, 8pm CET | Zoom
On Monday, we will watch Wolves at the Border from Martin Páv (watch the trailer). This movie brings forward a dilemma faced in the world of conservation. How wild do we want our lands to be? Monica Vasile will be moderating a discussion around this movie in the direction of anthropology and ethnography. This evening will be hosted online on zoom and we invite you to watch this movie together, from your own couch. 

Tuesday September 14th, your evening | your location
On Tuesday, we encourage you to turn your local kayak club, study association room or your living room into a movie theatre and screen one (or multiple) of the suggested movies at the intersection of river conservation and science. With some beers and popcorn this is bound to be a success. We collaborate with Flow:Europe to organise this mini
River Film Festival that takes place around the world, wherever you like it to be. A list of movies can be found below, we are still hoping to get some more full length films available for you! (feel free to organise this at another night if more convenient)

Below, you find a list of suggested movies, compiled by Tobias Schäfer from Flow:Europe, who organises the River Film Festival (and will soon host a movie night during the EU Green Week 2020 in Brussels!!). These films show the values of and threats to free-flowing rivers from different perspectives. Choose one that interests you, or compile a varied program! 


Films available online

DAMNATION ~ 90 min.
“This film explores the evolution of the US’ attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of wild rivers.” It is the perfect introduction to discussing hydropower as a not so green source of energy.

Produced by Matt Stoecker & Travis Rummel
Full Length:


BLUE HEART ~ 45 min.
“The Balkan Peninsula is home to the last wild rivers in Europe. However, a deluge of more than 3,000 proposed hydropower developments threaten to destroy the culture and ecology of this forgotten region. Blue Heart, now in its first digital release, documents the battle for the largest undammed river in Europe, Albania’s Vjosa, the effort to save the endangered Balkan lynx in Macedonia, and the women of Kruščica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, who are spearheading a months-long, 24/7 protest to protect their community’s only source of drinking water.” 

Full film; 


This film is made available especially for the Students for Rivers Camp, until Sunday, September 20th 2020! 

After the Second World War, Finland desperately needed to get back up on its feet and one of the solutions was hydro power. Environment wasn’t important as the rivers were harnessed for power. Cultures were lost and people seriously traumatised. We need to tell the stories that have been ignored for decades in the name of progress, disregarded due to energy production and the mere thoughtlessness of people. Many of the hydropower plant and river permits can be as old as a century, and are outdated due to the lack of political will and corruption.

This ignorance has driven many of the Finnish migratory fish species to the brink of extinction, instead of being revitalized. It is extremely important to reveal the issues behind the devastating state of these species – These species reflect the abundance of nature and people but also regional and national endeavours of all kinds. As most of Finland’s migratory fish are in a devastating state – abused by lack of political will and corruption – the surroundings act the same.

We want to encourage and promote the revitalization of these species, as well as the awareness of migratory fish species as a part of nature and society with a visual experience.

Full Length:
Password: SRC2020 


The Undamaged is a powerful and inspiring journey of a group of kayakers who travel from Slovenia to Albania, exploring the impacts of hydro dams from a seat of a kayak. Along the way they kayak 23 rivers in 6 countries and organize 17 protests, joining forces with locals fighting for their rivers while experiencing rich Balkan cultures still deeply connected to rivers. The Undamaged is a story of exploration, discovery and resistance and leaves viewers with the inspiration to act, the courage to stand up against injustice, and the motivation to fight for Europe’s last pockets of wilderness.”

Full Length: 


LOVE FLOWS. World Fish Migration Day Documentary. ~ 35 min.
The documentary ‘Love Flows’ captures the stories of the events from World Fish Migration Day 2018 through the narration of Joshua Royte, a conservation scientist for The Nature Conservancy. It highlights our evolved understanding of the impacts of dams and the people who are working to make positive differences for rivers. This documentary aims to give these fish and the rivers they depend on a voice by showcasing the celebrations, knowledge, and great visions we have for our rivers. The documentary is directed by award-winning director Francisco Campos-Lopez. We hope this movie inspires even more people to take part in the next World Fish Migration Day on October 24, 2020.”

Full length;


LACHS – QUO VADIS. The Atlantic salmon project. ~ 40 min.
A film by our friend Kristof Reuther, in German but with English subtitles. Together with Jonas Steiner, he documented the resettlement project of the atlantic salmon in the Rhine and Elbe River systems.

Full Length; 


Films from our friends in Montenegro

This movie is a tribute to the Tara River, which we would’ve experienced first hand durinig the Students for Rivers Camp. A great peak into its beuaty and challenges!

Director and producer: Veljko Vujanovic ”She is more than just a sparkling pure river born underneath the far mountain peaks. More than passion! Her deep canyon cliffs create eternal romance, since forever.”

Full Length;

Also, check out the RidersDOTme Youtube channel for kayaking related videos of Montenegro with for instance this video about last year’s TaraFest.


Films available especially for this occasion

THE ELWHA UNDAMMED. What’s a River for?  — 
“The Elwha River in Port Angeles, Washington is the stage for the largest dam removal in American history. A century ago, a businessman dammed the waters of the Klallam people where 100-pound salmon cast their shadows. Behind the dynamite and bulldozers that erased Thomas Aldwell’s dream is a saga of competing ideas about the purpose and meaning of a river. Produced for Olympic National Park’s Visitor Center.”

This documentary tells the same story as ‘return of the river’ (see below), but is shorter and holds more detail on the engineering of the dam removal (“this is the coolest job I’ve ever had!”). Also, it was produced a few years later, therefore includes thoughts on restoration (starring a scientist who is researching the sediment flow after the dam removal). 

Full Length; Send us an email if you like to see this and we will get it to you through google drive!! 


Films available on Netflix

SUNGANGES, a road-documentary about dam conflicts and India’s energy future. ~ 60 min
“When stretches of the Ganges River Basin dry up in the Himalayas due to intensified damming, a curious 6yr old girl who has been hearing wonderful mythological stories about the river, asks – “if the river is not there why hear stories about it?” Which becomes the starting point of her family’s journey to find some answers. SunGanges is that adventure, a wild and intense ride across the vast Indian landscape as the curious trio film the social and environmental impact of big energy projects of hydro and coal and witness the rise of solar and wind.

A panoptic film, SunGanges tells the stories of marginalized people across the country while busting myths and misinformation about energy sources and urging the viewer to think and make informed choices for themselves. In the process of filming, the makers meet actor Naseeruddin Shah who adds a dubious, yet not entirely unfamiliar dimension to the subject.”

Full length; Available on Netflix (check if this is the case in your country!)


MY OCTUPUS TEACHER ~ 85 min. (filmtip by Kara!)
A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a south African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world. 

Trailer and full Length;


Film available on Prime 

RUN WILD, RUN FREE, 50 Years of Wild and Scenic Rivers. ~ 45 min.
“The Wild and Scenic River Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s. Run Wild Run Free takes the viewer through the history to the present of Wild and Scenic as told through experts, grassroots organizers, white water enthusiasts, and members of the Nez Perce tribe in Idaho. It includes a brief international outlook and is a great start to discuss potential legislation that helps protect rivers for generations.” 

Full length; 


Films we are still hoping to get permission for you to screen it locally, but already like to share

“This feature documentary tells the story of the largest dam removal and river restoration project in history, at that moment unfolding on the Elwha River in Washington State. The film explores an extraordinary community effort to set the river free, and shows an unlikely victory for environmental justice. Told by an ensemble cast of characters, “Return of the River” offers hope amid grim environmental news.” 

This detailed documentary is helpful for understanding the decision-making process.
Full length; Hopefully uploaded soon!


THE WILD. How Do You Save What You Love?  — 
“Newly into addiction recovery, an urgent threat emerges to spur fisherman and filmmaker, Mark Titus back to the wilds of Alaska, where the people of Bristol Bay and its storied wild salmon runs face devastation if a massive copper mine is constructed.”

This is a great film about Bristol Bay, Alaska, and the threat to its salmon rivers through the proposed pebble mine, and a personal quest on how to save what you love, with a number of interviews with activists from different fields:

Full Length; Hopefully uploaded soon!


WILD REVERENCE. The Wild Steelhead’s Last Stand.  ~ 76 min.
“Director Shane Anderson made a pilgrimage to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state to the rivers he once fished as a boy. His relationship with the wild steelhead and the rivers in which they met upon taught him just how precious life can be. What was once a childhood fishing trip has evolved into a journey to find answers why his favorite fish is disappearing from the rivers and appearing on the Endangered Species list. How could this wild and beautiful creature slip toward the abyss of extinction?

Wild Reverence embarks on a quest to begin a movement to enact real change not only for the steelhead bur for all ecosystems.”

Full Length; Hopefully uploaded soon!


UPRIVER. A film for the Willamette. 
A  ‘watershed film’ that explores one of the US’ most active river conservation movements. Within Oregon’s Willamette River system, the film focuses on people from all walks of life who are coming together to revive the health of this large river and the life it supports.  It’s a portrait of river conservation initiatives across the entire watershed of the Willamette, including forests (wood!), agricultural lands in the floodplains, tribal perspectives on migratory fish, and activities in the city of Portland. 


Full Length: Hopefully uploaded soon!