Source: Fast Company
A group of women from the small Bosnian village of Kruščica have stood guard on a bridge to the town for 24 hours a day for more than 300 days. They’re a human blockade denying access to construction crews set to begin building a major hydropower dam project on the Kruščica river.
In the film, the women explain that it’s just them because local police are less likely to arrest them, while male protestors would have been beaten, arrested, and dragged away long ago.
Finally, this past June the cantonal court of Novi Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina, ruled that the environmental permit for dam construction on the river should be annulled, outlawing any further construction work on the proposed dam. But the women are still on that bridge, just in case.
The story of the women of Kruščica is just one story told in Patagonia’s latest feature documentary, “Blue Heart,” which shines a light on the work being done to protect Europe’s last wild rivers, all in the Balkans, from the threat of 3,000 hydropower dam projects.
It’s the second major documentary that the brand has produced, following 2014’s “DamNation,” around the theme of saving wild rivers and the threat of both new and deadbeat dams.
The idea of a Ventura, California, company, an American brand, investing in telling a little-known story that takes place in a part of the world that many of its fleece vest-loving faithful might find tough to locate on a map may seem random. But both brand executives and director Britt Caillouette say that’s exactly the point.
“Blue Heart” is available now on iTunes.
Read the story at Fast Company.
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