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Return of the River

This film fol­lows a group of strong-mind­ed, com­mit­ted peo­ple as they attempt to change the pub­lic opin­ion of a town, and even­tu­al­ly the entire coun­try, to remove both dams on the Elwha Riv­er in Wash­ing­ton State. The film tells the sto­ry of the largest dam removal and riv­er restora­tion project in his­to­ry. It explores an extra­or­di­nary com­mu­ni­ty effort to set the riv­er free, and doc­u­ments an unlike­ly vic­to­ry for envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice. The cam­era soars over moun­tain head­wa­ters, dives into schools of salmon, and cap­tures tur­bines grind­ing to a halt as the project takes shape. Return of the Riv­er fea­tures peo­ple and per­spec­tives on all sides of the Elwha debate, reflect­ing the many voic­es of the adja­cent val­ley. The com­mu­ni­ty comes to a con­sen­sus, set­ting the Elwha Riv­er free and show­ing the way to a more sus­tain­able future. Amid grim envi­ron­men­tal news, Return of the Riv­er offers a sto­ry of hope and possibility.

Run­ning time:  69 minutes