2013 Films

U.S. Premiere


(c) Douglas Varchol, MEKONG

5:30 PM

Directed by: Douglas Varchol

Venue: Goethe-Institut

MEKONG (South East Asian Countries, 2012, 51 min.)

Shown as part of Goethe-Institut’s D.C. Mekong Days and as part of EFF’s Rivers Program 

Introduced by filmmaker Douglas Varchol.

United States Premiere Stories of Mekong citizens upstream and down, from fishermen on the Tonle Sap to activists still fighting against the Pak Mun Dam in Thailand, are told in this far-reaching film that also features a vice minister from Laos convinced he can build the region’s most “river-transparent” dam. Filmed in four countries and four languages, Mekong captures footage of China’s Mekong (Lancang) dams, as well as the controversial Xayaburi Dam in Laos. Directed by Douglas Varchol. 


This program kicks off Goethe-Institut’s D.C. Mekong Days. Together with filmmakers and aid experts from Southeast Asia, the U.S. and Europe, the Goethe-Institut presents films and a public dialogue about the pros and cons of manmade ecological, social and economic changes along the Mekong River. The program is presented in cooperation with the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development, the CGIAR Challenge Program for Water and Food and Mekong Water Dialogues. For the full schedule, please go to

Ticket/Reservation Info:

Tickets: $7, General Admission; $4, students, seniors and Friends of the Geothe-Institut, available at


812 Seventh St., NW

(Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown)

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