Main content

Drowned Out

Three choices. Move to the slums in the city, accept a place at a resettlement site or stay at home and drown.

The people of Jalsindhi in central India must make a decision fast. In the next few weeks, their village will disappear underwater as the giant Narmada Dam fills.

Bestselling author Arundhati Roy joins the fight against the dam and asks the difficult questions. Will the water go to poor farmers or to rich industrialists? What happened to the 16 million people displaced by fifty years of dam building? Why should I care?

DROWNED OUT follows the Jalsindhi villagers through hunger strikes, rallies, police brutality and a six-year Supreme Court case. It stays with them as the dam fills and the river starts to rise...

Related Films

Cowboys, Indians, and Lawyers

The story of a pork-barrel project: a dam on the free-flowing Animas River…

Thirst

A piercing look at the global corporate drive to control and profit from…

30 Frames a Second: The WTO in Seattle

Photojournalist's personal odyssey through the streets of Seattle during…