Quebec and the James Bay Cree have one thing in common: they're both hooked on hydro-electric power. Today, the Cree have come rely on hydro money. For Quebec, it's the cornerstone of the province's economic and political aspirations. With a ready and able workforce and an insatiable appetite for power south of the border, Hydro-Quebec is doing what they do best: damming. The Cree have tried to shake their addiction to hydro, proposing alternatives such as wind power. Some say Hydro-Quebec shut these... [see more] plans down, while others say it was too little, too late. Where does Quebec's hydro obsession leave us? What are the alternatives: were they really just a lot of wind?
Down the Mighty River is an intimate and moving portrait of the river and its people, land, wildlife and the cultural and environmental impacts of one of the most environmentally destructive mega projects in the western hemisphere.