04 Dec '11, 8pm

Gutsy Turkish Villagers Stand Up to Destructive Dams

'Sudaki Suretler' trailer /Video screen capture Anti-dam protesters in Turkey. The signs the women are carrying read "No to HES [hydroelectric power plants]." "We used to wake up with the sound of birds, and then one day we woke up to the sound of machines," says a villager in Kastamonu's Loç Valley, a lush green part of Turkey's Black Sea region where up to six dams are planned for 15 kilometers of river. All told, the Turkish government aims to build more than 1,700 dams and hydroelectric power plants across the country, a plan activists say would decimate Turkey's rivers. Despite the impact of the dams on the environment and rural communities, anyone who speaks out against them is dismissed or branded as a traitor, local residents of villages targeted for construction told the makers of the new documentary Sudaki Suretler (Figures in the Water). Pressure To Sell Homes, ...

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