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Directed by John Gussman and Jessica Plumb
69 min | 2014 | USA  | Not Rated

*Post-film Q&A with director Jessica Plumb

Return of the River offers a story of hope and possibility amid grim environmental news. It is a film for our time: an invitation to consider crazy ideas that could transform the world for the better. It features an unlikely success story for environmental and cultural restoration.

Fundamentally, the Elwha River in Washington State is a story about people and the land they inhabit. The film captures the tenacity of individuals who would not give up on a river, mirroring the tenacity of salmon headed upstream to spawn. It is a narrative with global ramifications, exploring the complex relationship between communities and the environment that sustains them.

The camera soars over mountain headwaters, dives into schools of salmon, and captures turbines grinding to a halt; as the largest dam removal project in history begins. The film features people and perspectives on all sides of the Elwha debate, reflecting the many voices of the Elwha valley.

Winner: Grand Jury Prize–2014 Social Justice Film Festival, Audience Award–2014 Port Townsend Film Festival

Presented in partnership with Salt Lake County Watershed as part of the 10th Annual Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium

Featured, Salt Lake City, The Environment

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 @ 7:00 PM9:00 PM MST