World Water Day Program

Your Rivers Need You

The Red River in Kentucky was slated to be dammed in the early 60s, and a well-known young local named Joe Bowen supported the construction. He even gave a speech in opposition to Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas and the Sierra Club. Not anymore. “In 75 years of living, I’ve changed my attitude about this wild river. The river is ours. So if it’s ours, then it’s also our responsibility. I want my great grandchildren to see what I have seen.” In 1993, the Red River received Wild & Scenic River Designation. Discover the incredible story of Joe Bowen and the magic of the Red River, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act.


Directed by The Pattiz Brothers

(USA, 2018, 6 min.)



Journey deep into the rainforest of southeast Alaska, where life is inseparable from the age-old rhythms of the Chilkat River. Every year, all five species of salmon return to the Chilkat, drawing the world’s largest gathering of bald eagles, insatiable grizzly bears, and fascinated tourists. The salmon also define life for two communities: The ancient Tlingit village of Klukwan and the scrappy commercial fishing town, Haines. Meanwhile, a modern-day gold rush is under way. Some locals are eager for a mining boom, while others fear that the risks to the Chilkat Watershed far outweigh short-term economic benefits.


Directed by Connor Gallagher & Colin Arisman

(USA, 2019, 28 min.)



Hidden Rivers

This film explores the rivers and streams of the southern Appalachian region, North America’s most biologically rich waters. Hidden Rivers follows the work of conservation biologists and explorers throughout the region, revealing both the beauty and vulnerability of this aquatic life as well as how people are finding ways to protect it.


Directed by David HerasimtschukJeremy Monroe

(USA, 2019, 56 min.)



Post-screening discussion feat. Jeremy Monroe (Director, Hidden Rivers)


Films showing as part of this event