This film takes a broad, sobering look at the history and destiny of what the indigenous people call Che Wana, the Columbia River. It also tells the story of why Christopher Swain subjected himself to a 13-month swim down its 1243-mile length. Using the swim as a thread, the present condition of the Great River of the West is revealed. Full of rare archival footage of the sacred Celilo Falls and Kettle Falls, now inundated by dams, the film also deals with the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, pollution from mining, the river in Canada, petroglyphs, salmon issues and the struggles Christopher encountered.
There will be a question and answer session with the filmmakers and a crew member after all screenings.
Ekahni Books will be on hand selling topical books as well as books on film at a 20% discount.
Admission is $6 and theater concessions, as well as beer and wine, will be available for purchase.
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