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Directed by Jeff Martin

Portland 2015 90 mins.

A three-term State Senator, Jason Atkinson took a sabbatical from politics in 2012 to produce this film about the decades-old water war centered on the river he grew up on. At the heart of the story are four dams along the Klamath River’s over-allocated basin—symbols of freedom and prosperity to some and symbols of the cause of poverty and downfall to others. The sometimes violently opposing views on how to manage this majestic resource have informed generations of conflict between farmers, who need the river’s water; Pacific Power & Light, which manages the dams; environment activists and experts; fisherman; members of the native tribes, who’ve lived and worked along the Klamath River for centuries; and a myriad of federal, state, and local politicians looking for solution. “The film isn’t about fish or water rights, or even a forty-year water war, it’s about the harm people do to each other, and by extension, the damage people have done to one of this country’s greatest wild rivers.”—Jason Atkinson.