Published on March 2nd, 2018 | by Matt Dumoulin
Winner of the People’s Choice Award – Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival 2009
Winner of the Activism through Adventure Award – Boulder Adventure Film Festival 2009
The World’s rivers are being dammed now faster than ever. In response to this a group of whitewater paddlers set out on a one year adventure to document what could be the last descent. Nepal’s Marsyangdi River, Uganda’s White Nile River and India’s Brahmaputra River are all in the process of being dammed or are threatened by large-scale hydroelectric projects. These rivers also happen to be home to native people living sustainably in their environment, the most ecologically diverse areas in the world, and gigantic whitewater.
Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite National Park served as an inspiration as the beginning of large-scale dam construction in California 70 years ago, and now the rallying cry for dam removal and restoration in The Golden State. « I think right now developing countries can learn from the mistakes that we made and in return for us to learn from these people that have learned to live sustainably in their environment. » Says Charlie Center in The Last Descent.
The adventure of travel and exploration, the story of native people fighting to survive and the exhilaration of whitewater kayaking are mingled together in this award winning film.
Produced by Charlie Center, Katie Scott and Scott Ligare