BES premiered “Power of the River” in Thimphu
The Bhutan Ecological Society premiered a documentary entitled Power of the River: Expedition to the Heart of Water in Bhutan on 30th April in Thimphu. The film, directed and produced by American film director Greg I. Hamilton, features places from the Haa valley to Kanglung and encapsulates the state of the Bhutanese environment through a masterful piece of storytelling. In an entertaining and cinematic style, the film brings awareness to environmental issues throughout Bhutan as well as the rest of the world. It also underlines the detrimental impacts of building dams in previously free-flowing rivers, the potential benefits (or pitfalls) of ecotourism as an industry and sets the stage for many important and difficult discussions about ecological conservation.
The screening was witnessed by about fifty individuals from various government agencies, Civil Society Organizations and international volunteers working in Bhutan.