The Balkan Peninsula cradles Europe’s last free flowing rivers and
supports abundant, diverse and endemic wildlife. These rivers are The Undamaged – astounding, pristine and undammed. However, they are under threat of an unprecedented dam craze from private hydro power companies. Over 2,700 hydro power plants planned to be built in the Balkan; 535 in strictly protected areas and 113 dams inside 14 National Parks.
Follow the Balkan Rivers Tour, when a crew of whitewater kayakers,
film makers, photographers, and friends who decided to stand up for these rivers and traveled the Balkans for 39 days kayaking 23 rivers in 6 countries, organizing 11 events. It’s a wild ride that ends with an
emotional protest in front of the Albanian Prime Minister’s headquarters, demanding the government stop all dam plans on the Vjosa River. With a total of 500 paddlers and more than 1,500 protesters from 18 nations, Balkan Rivers Tour was the biggest river conservation action in Europe to date.
The international media attention the tour generated presented the
hushed issue of dams to people of the Balkans, Europe and the world, exposing the often illegal and underground concessions and construction of dams. Travelling with the crew as they paddle through wild canyons and valleys, hearing the passionate stories of locals living traditional lives, depending on these rivers.
The Undamaged will leave viewers with a sentiment to act, the courage and the inspiration to take on the
world’s problems with creativity and hope.