Doug Hawes-Davis | 2015 | 47 min.
2016 Official Selection
The Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers flow west from rugged and wild country at the headwaters of the Continental Divide. These same waters are some of the most polluted in America. This paradox manifests itself at the rivers’ confluence in western Montana at the edge of wilderness and civilization. A place of stunning beauty, but where decades of extractive industry comes up headlong against the Milltown Dam, which holds back tons of toxic sediment. Where extractive industries once dominated, the landscape’s new moniker is change. A dam is slated for removal, a historic timber mill is closed down and dismantled, and major housing development goes up in its place. This is the New West—a place where change is the rule, and the future is anything but certain.
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