An indigenous movement spanning generations leads to the largest dam removal and river restoration project ever undertaken.
Undamming Klamath tells the story of how a group of indigenous communities mobilized an unlikely alliance with farmers, fishermen, conservation groups, government agencies and an electric utility to champion the largest river restoration project ever undertaken. Framed within the history of the settlement of the West, we trace the story of members of the Yurok, Karuk and Klamath tribes from the historic 2002 fish kill that catalyzed a generation to dedicate their lives to dam removal, through to the dismantling of four legacy hydroelectric dams slated for 2023/2024. Meanwhile, a vocal group of conservative politicians, ranchers and landowners continue to oppose the project, asserting that it will do more harm than good. Our film will follow through the wake of dam removal to witness whether the salmon return, and if restoration can lead to the revival of the health of the river and the communities that depend on it.
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