7PM: DOCUMENTARIES – One of world’s great rivers, the Mekong flows through six countries. But this great ecological wealth, and the world’s largest freshwater fisheries, is under dire threat from a massive dam-building program. Please be our guests for the screening of two films by UK journalist Tom Fawthrop, who has covered hot topics in South East Asia for more than 25 years.
WHERE HAVE ALL THE FISH GONE? (2013, 25 min) and THE GREAT GAMBLE ON THE MEKONG (2014, 30 min)
examine how the cascade of dams being built on the Mekong river is creating an environmental and ecological disaster for the 65 million people that depend on it for their livelihoods. Douglas Varchol’s MEKONG (2012, 52 min) examines the on-going struggle of local communities about dam construction on the upper Mekong.