It is a story of good cheer. It is a story of marginalized people in a forgotten corner of the world. It is story of love overcoming power. It is a story of those who tend to critters coming together with gift-giving travelers. It is the story of a dream… a dream of a better world.
As I write this, I see the Christmas tree across the room and my boys are planted in front of homemade ginger bread houses. It is the perfect time of a year for a story about hope, about indigenous people, about enemies becoming friends… And about the largest ecological restoration project in human history.
That film is:
You can see the film now on Netflix. Click here: http://www.netflix.com/title/80079370
I played a small role in the making of this film.
One essential related detail. As you watch the film, you will witness the near miraculous coming together of disparate peoples: Native People and Settlers, Fishermen and a Power Company, Salmon Eaters and Potato Easters, Government and the Forgotten, Protestors and Pacifists. However…
Today, this unprecedented agreement, this earth-changing harmony amongst communities has been incubating for years and yet it risks being still-born. In order to birth the healing of this river, it requires spoonful of midwifery from the Federal Government. A spoonful they simply refuse to give.
To hear more about the tragic political reality, please read this piece by filmmaker, activist and former Oregon State Senator, Jason Atkinson.