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Return of the River explores the largest dam removal and river restoration project on the planet. The film follows a coalition of people who attempt the impossible: to change the opinion of a town and eventually the nation to bring two dams down. A divided community comes to consensus, launching an unprecedented restoration effort.
A documentary infused with hope, Return of the River offers inspiration amid grim environmental news, showing how an idea moved from "crazy" to celebrated reality. Reviewed as "hell-raising documentary filmmaking at its best", Return of the River has been recognized with a dozen festival awards.
Filmmaker Q & A
What inspired this story?
It’s rare to encounter an environmental story infused with hope and human possibility, and the Elwha River offers both. As filmmakers, we were witnesses to a remarkable journey: a river set free after a century, a project unprecedented in scale, an unlikely success story for environmental and cultural restoration. We were inspired by the tenacity of salmon, as well as the tenacity of people who fought for them.
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