Upstream Battle

a documentary film by Ben Kempas

Native Americans on the Klamath River
fight for their fish
– against an energy corporation.
Their struggle may trigger
the largest dam removal project in history.
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Press releases

> MEDIA ALERT: Agreement in Principle on removal of Klamath dams (DOI website)

> Press release on dam removal by tribes, farmers, fishermen, and environmentalists (PDF)

MEDIA ALERT: Tribes bash statement by PacifiCorp (DOC)

MEDIA ALERT: Warren Buffett's PacifiCorp reacts to UPSTREAM BATTLE at TIFF (DOC)

> Full official statement by PacifiCorp (PDF)

> UPSTREAM BATTLE press kit: synopsis, credits, protagonists, filmmaker's statement, press clippings (PDF)

> Pressemitteilung: Hoopa-Indianer in München (Facebook®)

> UPSTREAM BATTLE (Stromaufwärts) Pressetext auf Deutsch (RTF)

Still pictures

> Email for stills.

Background information



> Press coverage (links posted on Facebook®)

> Campaign for dam removal on the Klamath River

> Website of the filmmaker

> Website of the production company


Süddeutsche Zeitung, Abendzeitung

"Michael Moore dreams of getting this kind of access. [...] Incredible film."
> John Mounier, Filmmaker, Facebook Review

"This is one of those films you can only appreciate."
> Tue Steen Müller, Filmkommentaren, Denmark

"[Kempas] succeeds in providing a sophisticated and dedicated portrayal of opposed ways of life."
> Abendzeitung München, Germany

"The film does an excellent job of putting a human face on a complicated issue. [...] Where director Ben Kempas really scores is with the candid interviews with the PacifiCorp staff."
> Mariko MacDonald, FilmThreat

"An engrossing story of culture versus industry. [...] Nuanced, thoughtful and featuring Omaha (and Warren Buffett) as a special guest, this is a great movie.
> Wes Taylor, Omaha World Herald, Nebraska

"Clarion cinematography and a refreshingly even tone. [...] Kempas' reluctance to idealize (or vilify) his subjects or simplify the issues at hand propels the film past simple advocacy-doc territory."
> Adam Nayman, Eye Weekly, Toronto

"It's refreshing—and delightful to see a conservationist substitute humor and skepticism for the heavy-handed dogma. WW Rating: Buy!"
> Adrienne So, Willamette Week, Oregon

One of the "Toronto Film Festival's Must See Films"
> Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times