Once a Braided River

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 7–9 pm
St. Johns Twin Cinemas North Portland (Portland)
This is an in-person event
$9 - $11
All Ages

The following description comes from the event organizer.

Once a Braided River, a new documentary by Barbara Bernstein, tells the story of how the North Reach of the Willamette River was transformed from a braided river, rich in biodiversity and home to many bands of indigenous people, into an industrial sacrifice zone with a ten mile long superfund site running from downtown Portland to the river’s confluence with the Columbia River. The documentary focuses on the part of Portland that most Portlanders don't know about or ignore. It braids together the strands of many issues that face us - climate chaos, rivers contaminated with toxic pollutants, fish and wildlife brought to the brink of extinction by these perilous practices, and the dire hazards of storing immense amounts of explosive fossil fuels upon liquefaction zones underlain by major fault lines along the shoreline of the river that runs through our region. The documentary features community groups and activists working to replace the current industrial sacrifice zone with a green working waterfront defined by good jobs, clean energy, and healthy ecosystems.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Bob Sallinger, Sarah Taylor, John Wasiutynski and Jay Wilson, who are featured in the film, and moderated by Barbara Bernstein.

This event is co-sponsored by the Braided River Campaign, Friends of Baltimore Woods, Columbia Riverkeeper and KBOO Community Radio.

Event Location

St. Johns Twin Cinemas

8704 N Lombard Portland, OR 97203 Venue website

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