meeting : “The Great Gamble on the Mekong”
12th January 2016.
talk by Tom Fawthhrop
Great Gamble on the Mekong" is a documentary over the future of the
Mekong - to dam or not to dam - produced by director and journalist Tom
Fawthrop who explores the question: Are we killing the Mekong dam by
dam? One of world’s great rivers, it flows through six countries,
sustaining the lives of 65 million people. Today it is under dire
threat from a cascade of hydro-electric dams. The Don Sahong dam- the
2nd dam on the Lower Mekong, was approved by the Lao National Assembly
in September 2015 and scheduled to begin construction by the end of
2015. This film shows how the battle to save the Mekong by NGOs,
scientists and two riparian governments is hotting up. The dam-site is
only 2 km from the great Khone Phapeng waterfall and set amidst the
fabulous wetlands of Siphandone - Four Thousand Islands - that criesout to be a protected area.
Tom Fawthrop is an independent journalist and film-maker based in SE Asia during past 30 years. Outside
Asia he has worked on various assignments in Latin America and Africa:
He is a regular contributor & correspondent for: The Economist, The
Guardian, The South China Morning Post. He has produced numerous
documentaries with Eureka Film.
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