RUNNING THE RIVER

The Mekong River basin is home to sixty million people who rely on the river for their food and survival.
The river rises up to ten metres along its banks during the height of the wet season flood. Eighty percent of
the protein consumed in the basin comes from fish dependant on the flow cycle of the river. Eight large dams to be built on the headwaters of the river in China and others in tributaries along it’s length threaten that flow cycle. Running The River will investigate the contemporary battle for the health of the river. By looking to the past we find pointers for the future, it was the way they used water that led to the collapse of Angkor. Life became untenable and they left their extraordinary city to be consumed by the jungle.